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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 Saturday 20th July 2019

On the sea today 15 Common Scoters, 1 Gannet, 210 Sandwich Terns, and 6 Common Terns were seen. Also of interest were a Spoonbill, and 64 Black-tailed Godwits.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 3.13pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand)
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still mid a'noon Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this morning 2w.Little Gull
Norfolk Scaup Snettisham RSPB this morning +7.Spoonbills 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.55am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.10am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station +showing well TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump at 10.45am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Cley NWT from Babcock Hide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water off South Wall by mid morning
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB on beach near causeway between southern pits mid morning
Norfolk 16.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no news on Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB