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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 Monday 26th August 2019

Highlights today included 6 Whimbrel over calling, 29 Black-tailed Godwits on the Broadwater, one Common and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT reserve, a Greenshank, one Med Gull, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 12 Reed Warblers, around the pines 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Redstarts, and along the east bank 3+ Stonechats.

Moth highlights included Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia and a Poplar Hawk Moth in the traps.

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Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 3.53pm +2.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wryneck Horsey midway along Nelson Head track by gate at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes c100yds south of totem pole at 3.25pm (3.Pied Flys in South Valley this morning)
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Trimingham Church
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes 8am-1pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Stiffkey along belt of sycamores near static caravans at campsite at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 12.24pm on west side from Tower Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in plantation at 11am
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool then flew towards freshmarsh +Pied Fly in car park
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 5.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Dotterel y'day Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill in evng (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on grazing meadow briefly early morning then flew west +Quail singing still +2.Whinchats
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump at level crossing by white house
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on west side of north end of Lady Anne's Drive at 9.06am
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump flew in off sea on west side
Norfolk Whinchat Brancaster on suaeda behind car park at 7.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB along road near toilets +2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks Great White Egret