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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 Friday 12th July 2019

A Greenshank was on the NWT reserve and a male Stonechat was near the Obs mid afternoon.

A busy day for moths, with 2 Privet Hawks, a Pine Hawk, Marbled Coronet, Buff Arches, 3 Kent Black Arches, a Tawny Barred Angle, a Lappet, Peppered Moth and Swallowtail among the catch.

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Norfolk Garganey ad.drk Cley NWT still mid a'noon on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still mid a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes (+c16.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull ad just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance mid a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still by sea wall north of sluice with cattle this a'noon
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 10.36am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still near car park at 10.41am
Norfolk Garganey ad.drk Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 9.32am +1s.Little Gull still