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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 Thursday 26th September 2019

A wet and blustery start with sunshine in the afternoon. On the sea 12 Wigeon, 134 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 52 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 12 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were recorded. A Willow Warbler and 2 Sand Martins were the only migrants of note, with no confirmed sighting of any of yesterday's Yellow-browed Warblers.

In the moth traps highlights included a Mallow, Archer's Dart, Feathered Ranunculus, Snout, Knotgrass and Large Wainscot.

A Scarce Bordered Straw was photographed in the trap on the 25th September


Scarce Bordered Straw by Steve Newman, 25th September 2019


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Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide. Jack Snipe still from Reception Hide
Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings 1.5mls NNE of Wells on saltmarsh just east of East Hills early a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr still Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still 10.48am just south of A149 west of Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 10.40am
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 Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 9am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Great White Egret still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse still on shingle ridge just east of Gramborough Hill at 7.57am tho mobile
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day near Burnham Overy Staithe