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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 30th July 2020

A quiet day bird wise, a single vocal crossbill that flew off south early morning the highlight.
The moth traps on the other hand were very busy with a total of 66 species caught. The catch included Nut-tree Tussock, Rosy Footman, Small Blood-vein, Tree-lichen Beauty(2), Large Emerald, Fen and Silky Wainscot, Small China Mark and Pebble Hook-tip to name just a few.
Large Emerald

Small Blood-vein


Tree-lichen Beauty

Silky Wainscot

Pebble Hook-tip


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Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT at main observatory +Spoonbill 3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Black Terns reported Cley NWT flew past beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 8.43am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh at 11.05am
Norfolk 4.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (2.males) Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park at 10am. On Tuesday male.Southern Migrant Hawker Beeston Common
Norfolk 4.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (2.males) Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park at 10am. On Tuesday male.Southern Migrant Hawker Beeston Common
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Pat's Pool