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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 13th June 2020

On the sea today 3 Fulmars, an adult Gannet and 203 Sandwich Terns were the highlights, while around the Broadwater 6 Spoonbills were still present. A Sand Martin flew east through the dunes and 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 5 Reed Warblers were counted. A female Black Redstart was on the east bank briefly and a male Stonechat was also there chasing her away!

Two Red Admirals and two Small Heaths were counted during the day, with a pair of Azure Damselflies seen in the morning. A Drinker moth caterpillar was rescued off the road in the village.


In the moth traps 5 Cinnabars, 13 Bordered Whites, an Angle Shades, 13 Diamond-backs, a Flame, a Fern, Short-cloaked Moth, 2 Marbled Minor sp, a Striped Wainscot, White Point, Sand Dart, Silver Y, Heart & Dart, 3 Mottled Rustics, Brown Rustic, Uncertain, Common Swift, Privet Hawk, Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Poplar Hawk, Iron Prominent, Light Emerald, Heart & Club, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Large Yellow Underwing and Elephant Hawk Moth were all caught.

Privet Hawk Moth

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Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still early a'noon 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.36pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 3pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk Corncrake male singing Welney WWT still at Summer Walk +Garganey Great White Egret
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still early a'noon 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge +showing on +off TG.268.083
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still c11.15am 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge TG.268.083
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still late morning 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh +showing on +off. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Hickling Broad NWT +5.Spoonbills 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5.Garganey (3.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +4.Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195