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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 Wednesday 8th May 2019

A rather miserable day though a few nice birds were noted, the best being an Osprey south east over the Grazing Marsh. Two Spoonbills, nine Black-tailed Godwit, two Ruff, two Common Sandpipers and a rather smart hepatic Cuckoo made up the supporting cast. The Wood Sandpiper was still on Redwell Marsh early morning, along with a Green Sandpiper.

Wood Sandpiper, Redwell Marsh
 
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Norfolk 17.Black Terns Barton Broad at 3.30pm tho distant
Norfolk 12+Black Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 3.15pm +Arctic Tern
Norfolk Osprey Holme Dunes flew SE over gazing marsh at 3.25pm
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Colney GPs still this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT flew west over Eye Field at 2.05pm
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 11am +2.Wood Sands. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Burnham Overy mid morning
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Titchwell RSPB at Reedbed Pool this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Titchwell RSPB at Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.09am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4+Black Terns Colney GPs at 11am
Norfolk 16+Black Terns Barton Broad mid morning
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp by scrap pile still 8.15am
Norfolk 4.Dotterel still 8.59am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Dotterel still 7.53am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day flew west over Cley NWT
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track in cattle field from sea wall at 7.27am TF.855.445
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (2.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane at 7am TF.763.414