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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Tuesday 11th August 2015

Both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the pines near the observatory, a breeding plumaged Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper were on the Broadwater. A Yellow Wagtail flew over west and small numbers of Swallows and Martins were also noted moving west during the morning. A Turtle Dove was still present near Redwell Marsh.  A Tree Lichen Beauty was in the moth trap,  an unusual moth for the Observatory.

Tree Lichen Beauty - Holme Bird Obs, 11th August 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 17:35 on freshmarsh from Island Hide showing well PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 19:35 then flew E/ NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 19:25 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 10 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen this a/noon NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard W/over Titchwell RSPB at 11:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Breydon Water 08:25 at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Spotted Crake Titchwell RSPB at 07:40 on freshmarsh viewed E/from Parinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436