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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 3rd August 2019

A Great White Egret was on the Broadwater for the first half of the day and two Spoonbills appeared briefly before flying off East. A calling Common Crossbill was around the Observatory Pines before it too flew off East.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon +7.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 2.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide (+10+Wood Sands ad.Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk 15+Wood Sands Cley NWT still this morning +ad.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk probable Black Tern Cley flew east past coastguards at 12.40pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.19am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (both ads) Snettisham RSPB: 1.on mud by 1st mud beyond houses at 10.40am TF.647.318, 1.still from Shore Hide at 9.36am
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 10.40am Snettisham RSPB on mud by 1st pit beyond houses TF.647.318
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 9.36am Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 8.53am
Norfolk Pec Sand ad again 8.53am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad till c8.18am Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk Pec Sand ad Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 8.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water reported y'day flew past Holme Dunes
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 2.Curlew Sands 3.Spoonbills