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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 4th April 2020

With winds turning southerly there was some sign of further migrants arriving today with 10+ Chiffchaffs around the reserve and a Firecrest heard singing near the Dell early morning. A single Ruff was on the NWT and there was more raptor activity with 3 Red Kites and 10+ Buzzards. A single Redpoll and Siskin flew over calling.

Butterflies were on the wing in the sunshine with 2 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, a Green-veined White and a Small Tortoiseshell seen during the day.

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Norfolk Velvet Scoter Heacham off South Beach
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters flew over Hempton at 12.59am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh at 9.15am
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters flew over Norwich at 1.15am [identified from sound recording]
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Limpenhoe in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew SSE over Horsford
Norfolk 2+Common Scoters y'day flew over Swaffham at 11.19pm
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes just south of West Runton flew west at 11.22am
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Northrepps flew NW over Hungry Hill at 10.40am
Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans flew over Winterton
Norfolk Osprey Kelling Heath in tree at 7am then flew off
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Common Crane y'day Great Ryburgh flew north over River Wensum in a'noon
Norfolk Raven East Barsham still at church at 7am