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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.

Tuesday 8th May 2018

A rather quiet day, seven Ruff remained on the track side pools looking increasingly impressive as they gain their breeding plumage. Two Swifts were noted early morning and two Redpolls flew over heading west. A good selection of Butterflies were again seen which included Painted Lady, Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue.

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Norfolk 2+Turtle Doves (1.male singing) New Buckenham Common this morning
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still mid a'noon west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in ash 100yds before 2nd gate
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.40pm
Norfolk Osprey Saddle Bow flew south over Great Ouse Relief Channel at 2.39pm
Norfolk no further sign of reported Olive-backed Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide by 2.33pm
Norfolk Osprey King's Lynn flew south over health centre at 2.25pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull 2w Waxham again on rocks midway between beach track +pipe dump at 2.12pm
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Cley NWT on east side in grass from Babcock Hide at 1.51pm tho elusive
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 12.45pm west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in ash 100yds before 2nd gate
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond fields in trees before 2nd gate at 9am
Norfolk no news on ad.Purple Heron Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns near Beetley at East Bilney on workings at 8.15am then flew off
Norfolk Golden Oriole 1s.male singing Titchwell RSPB in willows behind visitor centre at 6am then flew off
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 1ml north of Docking +west of Choseley Farm in bare field east of road at 10.10am TF.757.390
Norfolk harrier sp ringtail Burnham Overy flew east over grazing marsh at 10.24am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets flew east past Sidestrand
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 9.12am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Muckleburgh Hill at 6.50am
Norfolk no news on male.Iberian Chiffchaff west of Ringstead at Ringstead Downs beyond wooded area by 1st gate to NWT grazed area
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes +2.Whinchats 2.Nightingales
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Thornham in garden by road
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Kelling Water Meadow briefly 6.45am