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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 1st June 2019

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen briefly in the pines whilst other interest included Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler, Mediterranean Gull, several Cuckoos and 16 Little Terns. A Great White Egret was seen in the afternoon.

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Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB in car park this morning
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this evng. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Salthouse flew east over marshes at 7.10pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing SW of Wymondham at Morley St.Botolph near primary school at 5pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool c4.30-5pm then flew high SW
Norfolk Honey Buzzard just east of Briston briefly c4.25pm
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes till 4.10pm with cattle viewable from top of Friary Hills NT then flew west
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Brancaster still 3.40pm by start of footpath to beach
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still 11.30am with cattle viewable from top of Friary Hills NT
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Brancaster still by Beach Road from sea wall at 10.05am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Woodton on south side at 6am
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still mid morning with cattle viewable from top of Friary Hills NT
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley over saltmarsh near Beach Road sluice mid morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water still early morning +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes with cattle viewable from top of Friary Hills NT at 7.53am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end at 7am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes with cattle viewable from Friary Hills NT at 6.15am
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 4.30am then flew towards North Foreland Wood