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COVID-19 Restrictions on NOA Reserves Further to the announcement of a second lockdown in order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the NOA must once again close all hides on its nature reserves from 5th November. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.

Friday 5th May 2017

Another day of north-easterlies started producing some vagrants with a Wryneck in the dunes on the NWT reserve and a superb spring male Red-breasted Flycatcher seen briefly on the NOA reserve at 11am, before disappearing and relocating to the NWT Car Park, where it showed well for much of the afternoon. Also of interest were Little and Common Terns flying over the Broadwater, a Cuckoo and a Turtle Dove in the recording area, 35+ Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler and a male Redstart all noted, while single Yellow Wagtail and Brambling flew over calling during the day.

Moth numbers continue to be very low with only single Muslin and White Ermine today, however Small Copper, Comma, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak and Orange Tip were among today's butterflies.

Red-breasted Flycatcher photographed by Andy Brown in the NWT Car Park

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Woodlark Wells flew west over Beach Road at 8.50am
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint early morning (+2.Wood Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks 2.Bar-tailed Godwits)
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 2.15pm Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile (+3.Garganey Curlew Sand Little Stint 2.Spoonbills). Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Wryneck Potter Heigham along Weavers' Way on gate post by cattle field near windpump at 2pm
Norfolk Wryneck Horsey this morning (+4.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Kentish Plover fem Hickling Broad NWT on Swim Coots. Access by NWT boat
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Welney WWT still 300yds east of entrance PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 11.15am Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile +White Stork over (+Curlew Sand drk.Garganey 2.Spoonbills). Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh on pool north of Beach Road
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 10.35am Potter Heigham Marshes on 2nd pool from west end. Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Holkham Park at south end of lake
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NWT near entrance gate at 9.15am
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still +2.Little Stints Spoonbill
Norfolk Wood Sand Blakeney Freshmarsh on pool in NE corner by sea wall
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk 16.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Potter Heigham Marshes on 2nd pool from west end. Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE