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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 22nd July 2020

A distinct Mediterranean feel to the start of the day with six Spoonbills, two Great White and three Little Egrets noted on and around the Broadwater. Two Red Kites were noted and a juvenile Peregrine disturbed everything in its wake as it powered across the grazing marsh, and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were present in the pines.

Moths caught today included Fern, Spectacle, Poplar Hawk-moth,  Least Yellow Underwing, Rosy Minor, Oak Eggar, Shaded Broad-bar and Red Twin-spot Carpet.

Poplar Hawk-moth

The well named 'Spectacle' moth


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret between Blakeney +Cley at 11am
Norfolk Quail male singing Bodham in barley field between allotments +lower Bodham at 11.20am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both ads) Snettisham RSPB +8.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 4.Garganey (ad.fem +3.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Kelling Heath in birch by road at 7.36am
Norfolk repeat: LITTLE CRAKE male singing reported y'day SE of Irstead by River Ant just south of Irstead Staithe at 11.45pm TG.368.203
MEGA Norfolk LITTLE CRAKE male singing reported y'day SE of Irstead by River Ant just south of Irstead Staithe at 11.45pm TG.368.203