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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 1st August 2020

On the sea today 140 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmars, 16 Gannets, 1 Little Tern, 167 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were recorded. Waders included Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Turnstones, 26 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, one Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Redshank and 3 Snipe. A Treecreeper was in the pines.

Moths were abundant, with 12 Drinkers, 7 Marbled Clovers, 1 Small Elephant Hawk, 3 Dusky Sallow, 6 Scarce Footmen, 33 Rustic, 2 Rosy Footmen, 12 Cloaked Minor, a Sharp-angled Peacock, an Antler, 5 Brown-line Bright-eye, 4 Straw Underwing, 6 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Southern Wainscot, 3 Rosy Minor, 3 Ruby Tiger, 4 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 Archer's Dart, 6 Least Yellow Underwing, 1 Clay, 1 Willow Beauty, 2 Dingy Footmen, 2 Brown Tail, a Least Carpet, 3 Yellow Tail, Small Blood-vein, Lychnis, 2 Fen Wainscot, 4 Shaded Broad-bar, a Straw Dot, 3 Flounced Rustic, 2 Tree-lichen Beauty, a Burnished Brass, 5 Garden Tiger, Mother of Pearl, 2 Common Pug, 3 Smoky Wainscot, Turnip, Rosy Rustic, Shore Wainscot, Coast Dart, 4 Common Rustic, Small Fan-footed Wave, 2 Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing, Lime-speck Pug, Mouse Moth, Humming-bird Hawk, Dark Arches, Haworth's Pug, 3 Lyme Grass, 6 White-lined Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brown-veined Wainscot, Wormwood Pug and Webb's Wainscot.

A Silver-washed Fritillary was feeding at the buddlea in the afternoon, and an Emperor Dragonfly was also noted.

Coast Dart, Brown-veined Wainscot and Silver-washed Fritillary





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Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT +2.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes still
Norfolk Quail male singing Thorpe Marriott again by Marriott's Way in field at end of Felsham Way mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey flew past Cley
Norfolk 3+Common Cranes (2.ads +1+juv) Welney WWT still north of Friends Hide late morning
Norfolk 4+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE