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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 Wednesday 29th April 2020

A mixed day weather wise today on the coast with a period of low cloud bringing the first Swifts of the year, a small flock of fourteen birds heading west. Four Grasshopper Warblers were heard reeling  with at least ten Common Whitethroats and five Lesser Whitethroats also noted. Three Cuckoos were heard and seen during the day and a Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.
The moth trap was understandably quiet with only five species recorded.



A short (one second) sonogram of one of the reeling Grasshopper Warblers revealed an amazing 24 notes!
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Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Heacham at start of coastal park at 8.30am
Norfolk c30.Whimbrel Hickling at Stubb Road at 1.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 22.Arctic Terns flew NE over Welney WWT
Norfolk 2+Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 12.15pm
Norfolk Osprey Cley flew south over Glaven Valley viewed from Glandford Road at 11.38am
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 45.Arctic Terns flew east thru Breydon Water