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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 Monday 13th May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 9pm Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR in tree viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE c350yds
Norfolk Garganey drk CLey NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 14.Dotterel still this evng 1.4mls south of Titchwell SE of Choeseley Drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane
Norfolk 2+Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Burnham Overy Dunes this morning
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still mid a'noon north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds. Park carefully
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT till 9am then flew west. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blackney Harbour on saltings
Norfolk 2.RIng Ouzels Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Wryneck still Weybourne Camp 1.54pm showing well
Norfolk no sigh of Great Reed Wblr Titchwell RSPB by mid a'noon (but 1sLittle Gull at Reedbed Pool)
Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath
Norfolk HOopoe still 1.25pm Holme Dunes by pond 50yds north of entrance track
Norfolk Osprey BUrnham Overy Dunes flew west over Gun hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Hoopoe again 1.05pm Holme DUnes flew over entrance track
Norflk Serin flew over Kelling Hard
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton south of plantation
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow
Norflk 2.Great White Egrets reported y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day flew east over Stiffkey
Norfolk 4.Turtle Doves y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still north of A149 viewed from Muckleburgh Hill. Park at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for c300yds
Norfolk no sign of male.Little Bittern Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR on lake viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'ok on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds