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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 16th May 2019

An early morning visit to Redwell Marsh produced a rather smart Summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper along side an equally smart Wood Sandpiper ! A Common Sandpiper was on the Broadwater and at Walsey Hills four Spoonbills flew over east mid morning.

Curlew Sandpiper- Redwell Marsh, Ray Roche

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Norfolk Temminck's Stint still mid a'noon Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.15pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Little Stint still)
Norfolk Osprey Earsham GP at 1pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Kelling Water Meadow this morning
Norfolk 4.Temminck's Stints still midday Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Little Stint)
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still 9.45am on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 8.22am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Dotterel (4.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in ploughed field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.53am TF.763.414
Norfolk 1+Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.09am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. pale-bellied Brent Goose Thornham Channel
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. pale-bellied Brent Goose Thornham Channel
Norfolk 6.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (Little Stint Arnold's Marsh)
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on tidal pool at 7.37am. 1s.Little Gull still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 7.28am (+4.Spoonbills)