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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 Monday 19th August 2019

Seawatching again today produced 2 Eiders, 100 Common Terns, 37 Sandwich Terns, 24 Little Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 15 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone and 823 Knot. Between the Observatory and Thornham Harbour 86 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 27 House Martins, 2 Swifts, 3 Snipe, one Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Barnacle Geese, 2 Barn Owls, 2 juvenile Med Gulls, a juvenile Whinchat, 4 Stonechats and 21 Golden Plover were of note, while around the NWT reserve 94 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Ruff were noted.

A good range of insects included Ruddy Darter, Migrant Hawker, Small Copper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, and in the moth traps White Point, White-line Dart, Rosy Minor, Drinker, Angle Shades, Yellow-tail, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart were among the records.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.58pm +ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea by beach car park at 12.59pm
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +18.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB at high tide +Little Stint Curlew Sand 11.Spotted Redshanks Turtle Dove juv.Whinchat