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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 26th August 2019

Highlights today included 6 Whimbrel over calling, 29 Black-tailed Godwits on the Broadwater, one Common and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT reserve, a Greenshank, one Med Gull, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 12 Reed Warblers, around the pines 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Redstarts, and along the east bank 3+ Stonechats.

Moth highlights included Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia and a Poplar Hawk Moth in the traps.

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Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 3.53pm +2.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wryneck Horsey midway along Nelson Head track by gate at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes c100yds south of totem pole at 3.25pm (3.Pied Flys in South Valley this morning)
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Trimingham Church
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes 8am-1pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Stiffkey along belt of sycamores near static caravans at campsite at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 12.24pm on west side from Tower Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in plantation at 11am
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool then flew towards freshmarsh +Pied Fly in car park
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 5.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Dotterel y'day Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill in evng (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on grazing meadow briefly early morning then flew west +Quail singing still +2.Whinchats
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump at level crossing by white house
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on west side of north end of Lady Anne's Drive at 9.06am
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump flew in off sea on west side
Norfolk Whinchat Brancaster on suaeda behind car park at 7.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB along road near toilets +2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks Great White Egret