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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 Sunday 4th August 2019

A warm day with some sunshine, two Spoonbills were circling over the Observatory at 3.30pm, and a group of 6 Greenshank were also of note. Two Whimbrel flew over calling and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were around the Broadwater and NWT pools.

In the moth traps today, a Twin-spotted Wainscot was of particular interest and a wide range of butterflies included a Brown Argus and 15+ Painted Ladies.

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Norfolk Quail Salthouse in wheat field by footpath
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT again
Norfolk 10+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 12.12pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +showing well (+2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) (ad.fem +juv (colour-ringed))
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.45am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (ad +2.juvs) Cley NWT again from Babcock Hide late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad still flew over marsh between car park +Stubb Mill at 9am
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands y'day 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 7.Wood Sands y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Stiffkey Fen +36.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.20am (+ad.Spotted Redshank still)