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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday 16th July 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended our moth day today, a great variety of moths were caught and brought. Highlights were 3 Kent Black Arches, 8 Southern Wainscots, 2 Garden Tigers, a Silky Wainscot, a Broad-barred White, 2 Fen Wainscots, a Pine, 2 Privets, 3 Poplar and an Eyed Hawk, a Plain Golden Y, a Drinker, and 2 Scalloped Oak. Overall 63 species were caught on the reserve with a Forrester from the NWT reserve also of particular interest.

Birds still caught the attention with a female Crossbill in the pines overhead as the moth traps were emptied. Other birds of note included a Whimbrel, a Kingfisher and a Cetti's Warbler.


Female Common Crossbill near the pond - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016 © Ray Roche