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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 Tuesday 4th June 2019

A pleasant but quiet morning gave way to rain mid afternoon. Highlights early on included Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Little Terns along the Broadwater. Later on once the showers began some 160 Swifts were noted flying east, a Great White Egret was seen on the marsh and 4 Cuckoos were seen in the dunes.

Eyed and Small Elephant Hawk-moths were in the traps along with Tawny Shears, 3 Ferns and a Fox Moth whilst butterflies seen included Wall Browns, Small Heaths, Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus'.

One of the Common Cuckoos seen in the paddocks - Holme-next-the-Sea, June 2019

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Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB (+Spoonbill Turtle Dove) PE21 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still early evng with cattle viewable from Friary Hills NT
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Quail male singing Holme Dunes on saltings
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Blakeney Freshes still with cattle viewable from Friary Hills NT at 7.15am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Simmond's Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.52am +1s.Little Gull