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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 Tuesday 4th June 2019

A pleasant but quiet morning gave way to rain mid afternoon. Highlights early on included Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Little Terns along the Broadwater. Later on once the showers began some 160 Swifts were noted flying east, a Great White Egret was seen on the marsh and 4 Cuckoos were seen in the dunes.

Eyed and Small Elephant Hawk-moths were in the traps along with Tawny Shears, 3 Ferns and a Fox Moth whilst butterflies seen included Wall Browns, Small Heaths, Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus'.

One of the Common Cuckoos seen in the paddocks - Holme-next-the-Sea, June 2019

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Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB (+Spoonbill Turtle Dove) PE21 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still early evng with cattle viewable from Friary Hills NT
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Quail male singing Holme Dunes on saltings
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still with cattle viewable from Friary Hills NT at 7.15am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Simmond's Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.52am +1s.Little Gull