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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 5th September 2019

Sea watching this morning produced a total of 33 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 27 Arctic and 22 Great Skua's, 14 Great Crested Grebes, two Manx Shearwater and a single Red-throated Diver. On the grazing marsh there was a Great White Egret, a Whinchat in the dunes and 3 Spoonbills in Thornham Harbour. A Humming bird Hawk-moth was again on the Buddleia next to the Obs building.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv again Cley on sea off beach car park at c11am
Norfolk reported possible Pacific Golden Plover Cley NWT in Eye Field is a Golden Plover
Norfolk possible Pacific Golden Plover reported Cley NWT in Eye Field mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT still on Richardson Scrape
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne at 7.05am
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Cley flew west past beach car park 7.30-10.15am +3.Sooty S'waters flew west