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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 11th August 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 14 Common Scoters, 4 Fulmars, a Great Crested Grebe, 19 Little Terns, 14 Sandwich Terns and 28 Common Terns were counted. Other birds of interest included a Great White Egret, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits all on the NWT pools, 2 Snipe were flying over at the village hides, a Whimbrel flew over the Observatory calling, and 14 Golden Plover were on the grazing marsh. On the beach 150 Knot, 120 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin and a Turnstone were also noted, while a movement of hirundines included 10+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 8+ Swifts. a Cetti's Warbler was heard at the village hides, and a Willow Warbler was also of note.

In the moth traps, a Pine Hawk Moth, Cloaked Minor, 5 Drinkers, 5 White Points and a Dark Sword-grass were among the catch.

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