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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 17th August 2019

On the sea today there was marked tern passage with 71 Little Terns, 1 Black Tern, 38 Sandwich Terns, 21 Common Terns and 21 Arctic Terns counted. Also of interest were 4 Teal, 9 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, a Gannet and a Great Crested Grebe. A Great White Egret was on the NWT pools and 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 216 Black-tailed Godwits and a Med Gull flying over the grazing marsh were other sightings of note.

In the moth traps 2 White Points, a Coxcomb Prominent, White-line Dart and Copper Underwing were species of interest. Brown Argus and Painted Lady were seen around the reserve.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.30pm +showing well
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Wells
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks at 11.25am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end at high tide
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Hopton-on-Sea flew south then in field south of Radar Lodge track at 8am
Norfolk Little Gull juv Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10.40am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer on beach +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle
Norfolk possible Pallid Swift Salthouse over Gramborough Hill at 9.10am then flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Reedbed at 8.46am