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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 Sunday 28th July 2019

An excellent day with rain bringing down large numbers of waders including 70+ Whimbrel passing over during the day, 120+ Black-tailed Godwits on the beach and moving east over the grazing marshes, with many landing on the NWT pools, at least 20 Common Sandpipers were around the Broadwater with 5 Wood Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and at least one Green Sandpiper also seen. A Great White Egret was showing well early afternoon, and two Cattle Egrets dropped in briefly at the back of the grazing marsh before moving off east. A family of Stonechats was again around the east bank with Lesser Whitethroat also noted.

In the moth traps 7 Garden Tigers, 2 Pine Hawks, a male Oak Eggar, a Lilac Beauty, Buff Tip, Rosy Minor and Buff Ermine were among the catch.

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Norfolk 32.Wood Sands Cley NWT still mid a'noon from Daukes' Hide +Little Stint
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa; 1.colour-ringed) Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (ad +juv) Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.20pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Stiffkey Fen still midday +25+Spoonbills still
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 1pm +Little Stint
Norfolk 5.Wood Sands Holme Dunes at Broadwater at midday +Great White Egret
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +11.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Blakeney Point mid morning: 1.on Far Point, 3.flew west +Black Tern
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning +Sanderling
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Northrepps circled over Hungry Hill then flew west
Norfolk c40.Wood Sands Cley NWT +16.Curlew Sands on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL Titchwell RSPB flew east over main footpath at 10.23am
Norfolk 30+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at c10.20am +12+Curlew Sands
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 21.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +2.Curlew Sands
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands y'day just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly