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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 Tuesday 21st July 2020

Bird highlights today included a vocal and mobile Crossbill in the Pines, a Greenshank on the Broadwater, and two calling Golden Plover over heading east.

The moth traps were as expected on the busy side with 41 species trapped, which included Swallow Prominent, Ruby Tiger, Drinker, Early Thorn and Garden Tiger. The most numerous were the Footman, with 20 Common, 19 Scarce and two Rosy caught.

Scarce and Common Footman

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still flew to reedbed at 2.53pm
Norfolk Roseate Tern flew past Kelling Hard at 9.05am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA this a'noon then flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 10.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB on pits at 8am at high tide
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still east of track to river
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Quail male singing Thorpe Marriott in field at end of Felsham Way at 9.17am (for 4th day)