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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 Thursday 18th July 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer by pier this evng
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this evng
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 9pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 8.10pm Breydon Water by South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still c7.30pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station then flew to field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again 6.35pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station with 4.Golden Plovers
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Sheringham early evng
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by late a'noon
Norfolk 4+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.45pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew west over Arnold's Marsh at 1.10pm
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide mid morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon +ad.Spoonbill
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +Black Tern
Norfolk 23.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 11.04am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 9.58am +2.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Garganey Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Emperor butterfly y'day Foxley
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad till 7.25am Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump then flew NW
Norfolk repeat: PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump at 7am then flew off on flowing tide
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at 7am on flowing tide tho mobile