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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 23rd April 2020

High pressure continued to dominate our weather today, with hazy sunshine and a light north-easterly breeze. Two Pink-footed Geese are still loitering on the marshes and a party of 35+ Teal are still concealed there, with 16 Avocets, 30 Lapwing and a single Snipe also counted. A surprising view of 5 Jays in a loose group piling into the pines and then chased out by a female Sparrowhawk suggested some migration and 5 Sand Martins and at least 3 Swallows were also seen. Two Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats and 2 Grasshopper Warblers were around the recording area and a pair of Stonechats in the dunes, with a single Yellow Wagtail dropping onto the reserve briefly before heading off east.

Moth trapping was more productive today, with a Waved Umber, Pine Beauty, 5 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 1 Northern Drab, a Powdered Quaker, Muslin and our first Black-faced Conch!

Butterflies enjoyed another balmy day of sunshine with at least 10 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Green-veined Whites, a Brimstone and 12+ Orange Tips all seen.

Waved Umber Moth



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Norfolk Arctic Tern Breydon Water flew east past South Wall late morning
Norfolk 4.Black Terns Hockwold Washes RSPB at 12.48pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Lenwade +Lyng Easthaugh flew SW over River Wensum at c11.20am
Norfolk 3+Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT this morning then 1.flew high north
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Cley NWT this morning +Short-eared Owl by beach car park
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male y'day Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Felmingham +4.Whimbrel flew NE early morning
Norfolk Serin flew west over Thetford at 7.30am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Stone Curlew Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10.30am then flew off
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wymondham still NW of abbey on pasture by west side of River Tiffey then flew into willows +lost to view TG.101.020
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh again in SW corner in a'noon