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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 Sunday 5th May 2019

Seawatching this morning produced 10 Common Scoters, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Gannet, 32 Sandwich Terns, 33 Comic Terns, and 4 Arctic Terns. With winds decreasing there was more bird activity around the reserves with a Spoonbill, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Barn Owls, 4 Swifts, a Firecrest heard, 20 Swallows, a House Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, single Yellow and Pied Wagtails flying over, and a pair of Bullfinches in the village.

A Green-veined White and Orange Tip were also noted.

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Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.35pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill tho distant cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.30pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall +showing well TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.15pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.10pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fem) 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane mid a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 1.53pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk 4.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane early a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk no sign of male.Wood Warbler Sheringham at Sheringham Park 9.50-11.30am
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp again in flight from coast path near pines at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 11.15am on tidal pool
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB +2.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Burnham Overy mid morning
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 9.45am Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall c400yds NE of car park cTF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley NWT flew west past beach car park (+2.Black Terns)
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets y'day Morston on saltmarsh in evng