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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 25th April 2020

A day of two halves with a very cool breeze and cloud cover gradually breaking up during the day.

A flock of 55 Golden Plover flew west over the back of the grazing marshes and 11 Ruff were on the NWT pools , with at least 2 Whimbrel also noted. A Cuckoo was calling at the back of Drove Orchards and 6 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, a late Fieldfare near the car parks, a female Wheatear on the grazing marsh, a Siskin over calling and the two mysterious Black Swans were all seen during the day.

In the moth traps 4 Muslin, a Northern Drab, Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart and the first Cinnabar of the year.

Butterflies were plentiful with 12+ Green Hairstreaks, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 Wall Browns, 2 Red Admirals, 6 Orange Tips, a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Top: Cinnabar Moth, Above: Wall Brown

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston at 2.47pm
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew between Thunder Lane +Station Marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Waxham in garden at Poplar Farm
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still this morning. ad.Spoonbill by East Bank
Norfolk Raven between Dereham +North Elmham flew over railway early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day just east of Wells 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 2.Common Cranes Norwich over Waterworks Road at 11.55am
Norfolk Redstart male north of Wymondham in paddocks near Center Paws
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +showing well NR29 5JE