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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.

Wednesday 22nd May 2018

A cloudy and cold day with strong northerlies produced little of note. Two Little Gulls were present over the Broadwater, a number of Swifts passed through and lingered in the area, at least 28 House Martins were feeding over the grazing marsh, a Cuckoo was calling in the morning and again late afternoon and on the beach were 2 Sanderlings. Three Little Terns, 8 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were also of interest in the area.

The only interest in the moth traps came in the form of 6 Silver Y.

Little Tern feeding along the beach - Cley next the Sea, May 2018 © David Bratt


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Norfolk repeat: ALBATROSS sp flew past Holme Dunes at 1.45pm
Norfolk ALBATROSS sp flew past Holme Dunes at 1.45pm
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 5.28pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 5.17pm Burnham Overy Staithe at car park PE31 8JF
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide this a'noon +drk.Garganey still Spoonbill
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad till 5pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths then flew west. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 4.45pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 4.20pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again flew towards Babcock Hide at 3.23pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells till 3.20pm just west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh viewed from path then flew south
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells still 2.56pm just west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh viewed from path
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 2.28pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths +showing well (+2.Great White Egrets Spoonbill). From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy on pool at junction of paths at 2.13pm (not Black Tern)
Norfolk Black Tern north of Burnham Overy on pool at junction of paths this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still at Castle Meadow House at 1pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still at wind pump
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells on Quarles Marsh viewed from path on west side of caravan park
Norfolk Black Brant y'day Stiffkey in cereal field at 7pm with 780.Dark-bellied Brent Geese TF.982.439
Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Little Gulls +Spoonbill flew west