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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 19th July 2019

Seawatching today produced 8 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and over 300 Sandwich Terns on the beach, and 3 juvenile Med Gulls also seen. A flock of 190 Black-tailed Godwits was on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk probable Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 4pm tho distant
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1.5mls WNW of Hevingham flew west over Buxton Heath
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) still
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer still at beach this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again on Lady Fen from visitor centre
Norfolk still no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 8.45am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide at 8.08am +Wood Sand
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 6.41am