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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 20th May 2019

Five Spoonbills flew east and an Osprey flew over the Firs heading north east. A Greenshank, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 2+ Cuckoos, 2 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, a Garden Warbler were also recorded.

A Scalloped Hazel was in the moth trap and Small Copper, Brown Argus and Green Hairstreak were among the butterflies seen.

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Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 3.44pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Osprey Holme Dunes NWT flew NE over The Firs at 12.25pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 11.27am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox +showing well NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Holme Dunes flew towards Lavender Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem y'day Wiveton at Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm near play mansion
Norfolk Pied Fly fem Blakeney Point in Plantation. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 10.40am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox tho elusive NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male near Southrepps by minor road at 7.40am
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 8.45am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox tho elusive
Norfolk Spoonbill Blakeney Point at east end
Norfolk Cattle Egret Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 7.55am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path on bales near pillbox at 6.20am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water till 7.12am on North Flats then flew to Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water on North Flats
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both males) singing Titchwell RSPB still in car park