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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 13th June 2018

Another fairly quiet day with the winds shifting to the west; a Hobby flew east over the grazing marsh in the morning and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling again. Little Terns continued to fish along the Broadwater and 2 Lesser Whitethroats were singing.

Singles of Pine and Small Elephant Hawk-moth were in the moth traps with 2 Shore Wainscots and 11 Isotrias rectifasciana.

Plain Golden Y - Holme Bird Obs, June 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand still early evng 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite black +white chalet (+2.drk.Garganey Curlew Sand). Use c'pk by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spoonbill ad 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 5.11pm. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew east over Burnham Overy at 5.15pm
Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand still 4.17pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite black +white chalet. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand still 3.40pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite black +white chalet tho distant. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing still Norwich at east end of St.Peter Mancroft Church at 3.55pm
Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand still 2.45pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite black +white chalet tho distant. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand again 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite last chalet at 1.10pm. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne 6.25-8.25am
Norfolk no sign of Buff-breasted Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes mid morning. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham
Norfolk Buff-breasted Sand y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in evng. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks 7.Little Gulls