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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Saturday 12th May 2018

Three Cuckoos were very active around the Broadwater and grazing marshes today, with a Curlew Sandpiper still on the NWT reserve an adult Tawny Owl trapped and ringed at the Observatory.

Moths included Pine Beauty, Chinese Character, Spectacle and Silver Y, while many butterflies were on the wing in the sunshine including Small Heath, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Comma and Orange Tip.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 1.49pm from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park still 1.06pm on wires +showing well
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 12.08pm from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Brancaster left of road to beach at 9.30am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still late morning west of Iron Road south of main drain then flew +appeared to land on pool north of main drain
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT landed in vegetation by pool west of Iron Road south of main drain (+Little Stint till c10.20am then flew west)
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pope's Marsh off East Bank
Norfolk Turtle Dove singing Seething still
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham at 9.55am +2.Nightingales singing
Norfolk again no sign of Temminck's Stint 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 9.20am
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on pool west of Iron Road south of main drain
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Hickling Broad NWT in reedbed near Stubb Mill at 5.35pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Holkham Pines at east end by Pinewoods caravan park at 8am
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over Holme Dunes +appeared to land at Old Hunstanton at 7.30am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh