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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 Saturday 15th June 2019

A Great White Egret and 7 Spoonbills were of note, with a Red Kite also drifting over and at least 5 Med Gulls around the marshes. A Cuckoo and a Barn Owl were of note with a Turtle Dove on wires near Redwell Marsh, a Hobby hunting over the NWT and a Nuthatch in the village was unusual.

At least 20 Painted Ladies were noted during the day, with 2 Brown Argus and Large and Small White also recorded.

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Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling still 3.40pm north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow 100yds north of pole tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes mid a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling Water Meadow still 1.45pm 100yds north of pole tho elusive
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Kelling Water Meadow still 1.30pm 100yds north of pole
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Cley NWT still this morning
Norfolk Quail male singing Glandford at CleySpy near Swarovski Optik Hide at 1.14pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still this a'noon on The Serpentine +Spotted Redshank on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on beach at 11am
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still late morning Horsey north of Nelson Head Track by green shed tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk Marsh Warbler Kelling Water Meadow 100yds north of pole
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 10.46am +6.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of fem.Red-backed Shrike Winterton Dunes in South Valley north of oaks on bank by steps TG.497.191
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 9.51am Horsey north of Nelson Head Track by green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 9.15am Horsey north of Nelson Head Track by green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 9.12am +1s.Little Gull still
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end at 8am
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track by green shed at 6.20am +showing well NR29 4AD