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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 Thursday 8th August 2019

A Great White Egret was seen on the grazing marsh and 20 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were recorded. A Med Gull, Turtle Dove and Cuckoo were of interest with a Yellow Wagtail flying over west.

In the moth traps a Tree-Lichen Beauty was caught.

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Norfolk Queen of Spain Fritillary butterfly Thetford at 1pm then flew off
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Arnold's Marsh this morning
Norfolk 12+Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.46am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove still
Norfolk 5+Wood Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +Little Gull on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still +4.Spoonbills still +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)

 
Tree-lichen Beauty HBO