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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 27th July 2019

A juvenile Purple Heron was seen briefly on the NWT grazing marsh at 9.20. A Hobby flew east over the pines mid morning.

In the moth traps an Elephant Hawk moth, Poplar Hawk and 2 Pine Hawks, Oak Eggar, Buff Footman, 3 Least Carpet, 2 Flounced Rustic, 1 Antler, Kent Black Arches and Scalloped Oak were among the species caught.

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Norfolk c33.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB +21.Spoonbills
Norfolk 5+Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB flew over Patsy's Reedbed towards Freshmarsh att 11.45am
Norfolk 2+Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes +Garganey 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.23am +2.Spotted Redshanks Garganey Continental Black-tailed Godwit
Norfolk Purple Heron juv Holme again on oxbow at 9.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +18.Spoonbills 4.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool opposite hide