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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 Sunday 28th July 2019

An excellent day with rain bringing down large numbers of waders including 70+ Whimbrel passing over during the day, 120+ Black-tailed Godwits on the beach and moving east over the grazing marshes, with many landing on the NWT pools, at least 20 Common Sandpipers were around the Broadwater with 5 Wood Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and at least one Green Sandpiper also seen. A Great White Egret was showing well early afternoon, and two Cattle Egrets dropped in briefly at the back of the grazing marsh before moving off east. A family of Stonechats was again around the east bank with Lesser Whitethroat also noted.

In the moth traps 7 Garden Tigers, 2 Pine Hawks, a male Oak Eggar, a Lilac Beauty, Buff Tip, Rosy Minor and Buff Ermine were among the catch.

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Norfolk 32.Wood Sands Cley NWT still mid a'noon from Daukes' Hide +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa; 1.colour-ringed) Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (ad +juv) Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Stiffkey Fen still midday +25+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 1pm +Little Stint
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Holme Dunes at Broadwater at midday +Great White Egret
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +11.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Blakeney Point mid morning: 1.on Far Point, 3.flew west +Black Tern
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning +Sanderling
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Northrepps circled over Hungry Hill then flew west
Norfolk c40.Wood Sands Cley NWT +16.Curlew Sands on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL Titchwell RSPB flew east over main footpath at 10.23am
Norfolk 30+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at c10.20am +12+Curlew Sands
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 21.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +2.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly