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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 Sunday 30th June 2019

A milder day with a strong westerly breeze, a Red Kite drifted along Green Bank in the afternoon, and on the sea 3 Fulmars, a Gannet, 2 Little Terns, 161 Sandwich Terns, and 3 Common Terns were seen. A Cuckoo was around the Broadwater and a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling, with a Turtle Dove near the entrance to Redwell Marsh paddock.

In the moth traps 70 species included Privet Hawk Moth, Lappet, Red-necked Footman, Beautiful Hook Tip, Archers and White-lined Darts.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still mid a'noon on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 3pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Norwich in Lakenham in garden on Rowington Road at 11.30am NR1 3RR
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS again 2.20pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 1.15pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk Hen Harrier reported Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk no further sign of Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by 12.30pm
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 12.50pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey again c12.30pm on flood south of A149 TF.978.436
Norfolk no further sign of Squacco Heron just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 11.30 -11.55am TF.978.436
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 10.20am on flood south of A149 +showing well TF.978.436
Norfolk BLACK STORK Titchwell RSPB flew east over car park at 9.55am PE31 8BB
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey still 9.45am on flood south of A149 then flew to long grass +lost to view TF.978.436
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey again 9.31am on flood south of A149
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ENE of Stiffkey at Stiffkey Fen mid morning then flew towards Morston
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON just NE of Stiffkey on flood south of A149 at 8.15am +showing well
Norfolk again no sign of Squacco Heron Cley NWT by 7am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+6.Spotted Redshanks. 14.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh)