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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 11th April 2020

A strong southerly breeze brought high temperatures with the weather station registering 24 degrees by the end of the afternoon. It was surprisingly quiet for migrants today with 3 Sparrowhawks, a single Swallow west over the pines, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Grasshopper Warbler, and 3 Sedge Warblers recorded. Two Black Swans were again on the Broadwater and on the grazing marshes 30 Avocets, 5 Ruff and 22 Curlew were also of note. Five Pink-footed Geese were still loitering on the marsh and Wigeon numbers have dwindled with just three seen.

In the moth traps 5 Small Quakers, a Red Chestnut, 3 Hebrew Characters, a Pine Beauty and a Powdered Quaker were to be found, and butterflies had a good day with 5 Peacocks, a Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admirals, a Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 Green Hairstreaks around the Observatory reserve.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on Cricket Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Fakenham on golf course
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wormegay still near High Bridge at 11.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Sedgeford in paddock at 10.18am
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels West Runton still at Water Lane in last paddock at 10.45am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew north over Hingham at 8.15am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Great Massingham on SW side over fields between Lynn Lane +Walcups Lane mid morning then flew north