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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 Tuesday 14th May 2019

A rather quiet day bird news wise, with a Short-eared Owl over the Lavender Marsh early morning the best bird of the day. Insect numbers have clearly increased with the warmer weather resulting in Green Hairstreak butterflies easily seen around the reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.55pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing Bradwell at Caldecott Golf Course this morning (no general access)
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 1.43pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 12.36pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 12.08pm Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Osprey between Ranworth Broad +Cockshoot Broad
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape west of track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton +Spoonbill
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 11.15am 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10.51am north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill tho elusive. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 10.50am Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR by trees viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.45am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common at 9.20am. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.41am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.13am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 5.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Langham at 7.50am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver ad Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT on Lavender Marsh at 7.41am
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 7.37am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns in evng
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Snettisham RSPB late a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at North Beach
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end from hide
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill at 6.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds