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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 7th March 2019

A bit of a wash-out! A Spotted Redshank was at Thornham and on the sea 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were offshore.

In the moth traps 4 Mottled Greys, 1 Pine Beauty, 2 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers, and 1 Diurnea flagella were recorded.

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Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area at 11.30am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk Hen Harrier male just NW of Filby flew west over Ormesby Little Broad late morning
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 12.42pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Choseley drying barns still 10.15am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Rockland Broad
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Otters) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT flew over Eye Field [heard only]
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea at c9.10am then appeared to land on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool