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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

Friday 20th July 2018

A Yellow Wagtail flew over west late morning and a female Wigeon was on the Broadwater.

A Grayling butterfly was behind the Observatory early afternoon, and the moth catch included a Coast Dart, 3 Least Carpet, 2 Straw Underwings, an Elephant Hawk moth, 2 Silky Wainscots, a Rosy Footman, a Pinion-streaked Snout, a Miller, and during the day a Humming-bird Hawk moth flew into the Obs and had to be let out of the window.



Coast Dart and Miller from today's moth catch.


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Norfolk Curlew Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB on hide scrape this a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cley NWT at 3.20pm
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT still 3pm just east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine NR25 7SA
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB till 1.37pm on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide then flew north TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Temminck's Stint reported Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide this a'noon TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad Titchwell RSPB still 11.26am on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad Titchwell RSPB still 11.10am on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide tho elusive TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshes flew west over north end +landed on saltings at edge of Blakeney Harbour at 9.40am
Norfolk Temminck's Stint still 9.09am Cley NWT just east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine NR25 7SA
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 7.41am