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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 5th July 2019

On the sea today a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmars and 4 Gannets were of note together with 4 Little and 4 Sandwich Terns passing. A flock of 20 Curlews flew east and 3 young Marsh Harriers were around the grazing marsh mid afternoon.

The moth traps were the highlight, with 80+ species recorded including 3 Beautiful Hook-tips, 4 Ferns, 2 Small Magpies, a Breckland Plume, 2 Rosy Waves, 4 Swallowtails, 1 Pine Hawk, a Pale Prominent, Poplar and Elephant Hawk, Archer's Dart, Kent Black Arches, 2 Privet Hawks and a Peach Blossom all recorded.

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Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still late a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 3.19pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT again on Pat's Pool briefly
Norfolk Honey Buzzard near Fakenham flew SW over Pensthorpe Natural Park at 1.05pm. Reserve open 10am-5pm. Entry £11.95 NR21 0LN
Norfolk no news on ad.Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT again 9.50am offshore
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT till c8.55am on Arnold's Marsh then flew off
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 8.20am
Norfolk Little Gull 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 7am (+17.Spoonbills still +4.Garganey still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE