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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

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 6th June 2019


A rather quiet day with a Red Kite and two Hobby the highlights. The Moth traps held nearly forty species, including three species of Hawk moth which included this subtly smart Pine Hawk moth.


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Norfolk Honey Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT north of entrance at 1.50pm then drifted east
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on The Serpentine
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Cley NWT still
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance at midday. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk BEE-EATER Horsey flew south over end of Nelson Head Track at 10.05am
Norfolk 3.Continental Black-tailed Godwits y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sidestrand on cliffs
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB at 7.14am then flew east PE31 8BB