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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 6th July 2019

A dull day with rain mid morning until early afternoon. A Whimbrel, single Green Sandpiper and Greenshank were all recorded and on the sea 2 Common Scoters, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, a Little Tern and 4 Sandwich Terns were of note, with an adult Med Gull at the east end of Holme village and a Cetti's Warbler near the entrance gate to the NWT reserve.

In the moth traps, a Small Elephant Hawk, Pine, Poplar and 2 Privet Hawks were caught.

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Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide +8.Spotted Redshanks PE31 8BB
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer still by pier
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still 2.35pm at Potter Heigham Marshes in NE corner (+13+Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still mid a'noon at Potter Heigham Marshes from near The Holt. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at 12.30pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk possible Greater Sand Plover 1s Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at c9.45am with Golden Plover
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes mid morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Cattle Egret still +2.Garganey Little Gull 16.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Cley NWT: 6.on Simmonds' Scrape, 1.on Pat's Pool, 1.flew west
Norfolk no news on Black-winged Stilts 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 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3+Spotted Redshanks Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) PE31 8BB