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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 Wednessday 15th May 2019

Another bright sunny day, which again brought out healthy numbers of Butterflies, with eleven species recorded along with the first Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly of the year. Bird highlights were a Spoonbill on Lavender Marsh early morning and at least two Hobby over the Grazing Marsh.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk 6.Dotterel (4.fems) still 3.01pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.21pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves East Dereham at Harpers Green at Harpers Green Farm mid morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from dunes +4.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 10.50am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 10.40am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane +Montagu's Harrier flew over TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 10.05am: 3.on Simmonds' Scrape, 2.on Whitwell Scrape (+ad.Spoonbill still +Great White Egret)
Norfolk Lno sign of male.Little Bittern 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common by 9am. Use c'pk east of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Weybourne Camp north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill by 8.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Wood Sand ad.Spoonbill)
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414