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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 Friday 17th May 2019

A Common Sandpiper was of note around Broadwater and NWT first hide, with a single Black-tailed Godwit also of interest. 2 Cuckoos were calling and at least 6 Swifts were seen over the grazing marsh. 3+ Grasshopper Warblers were still present with Cetti's Warbler also heard.

At Redwell Marsh the Curlew Sandpiper had gone but the Wood Sandpiper was seen again late morning.

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Norfolk 9+Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 1pm +showing well TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.43pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 1.52pm (+2.Wood Sands still). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still midday Breydon Water at east end from hide on ebbing tide tho distant (+2.Little Stints)
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 11.32am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 11.13am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Kelling Water Meadow still in east hedge
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 10.40am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 10.20am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho distant
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 9.57am Breydon Water at east end on Lumps from hide tho elusive
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9.15am TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9.33am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.27am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 9.21am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+2.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide (+2.Spoonbills)
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male still 8.29am Breydon Water at east end from hide on flowing tide
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk KENTISH PLOVER male Breydon Water at east end from hide at 7.37am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme still