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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 Saturday 28th September 2019

Blustery and wet at times, on the sea today 85 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas and 5 Sandwich Terns were logged. Also of interest were a Great White Egret, a brief glimpse of a Bittern, Hobby over the east bank, a Green Sandpiper on the NWT pools, 2 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Greenshanks in Thornham Harbour, a Med Gull, 2 Jays, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs.

In the moth traps 4 Feathered Ranunculus, 64 Lunar Underwings, 16 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Brown-spot Pinion, a Large Wainscot, 6 Beaded Chestnuts, a Turnip, Square-spot Rustic, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Vine's Rustic were recorded.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB still 2.10pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Thornham at coal shed
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hockwold Washes RSPB at midday
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret flew over Potter Heigham Marshes at 10am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Wells on saltmarsh
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe in cattle field viewed from sea wall at 9am +Great White Egret