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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.

Monday 4th June 2018

Little was seen during the morning with a northerly breeze and thick fog hampering observations. Limited highlights included singles of Hobby and Cuckoo over the reserve and Little Terns fishing along the Broadwater throughout the day.

The moth traps were relatively quiet also with 2 Poplar, 1 Elephant and 2 Small Elephant Hawk-moths the best of it. Three Wall Browns were seen.

This Eurasian Oystercatcher spent most of the day on the roof of the hide - Holme Bird Obs, June 2018 © David Bratt


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Norfolk possible Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point by huts briefly late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT east of East Bank
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Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT from Friends Hide +Great White Egret