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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Tuesday 29th DECEMBER 2020

Further to the announcement of a Tier 4 (Stay at home) lockdown in Norfolk, the NOA has closed all hides on its nature reserves. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit.

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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 29th March 2020

Conditions deteriorated since yesterday with wind speeds increasing overnight and strong gusts from the north north-east throughout the day. Once again there were no butterflies or moths today. There was plenty of Marsh Harrier activity including the female with white feathers requiring a second look out over the grazing marshes, and flocks of Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler regularly coming up off the Broadwater as a result of their relentless hunting. A group of 4 Little Grebes had collected in the shelter of the reeds on the northern waters edge, and the Cetti's Warbler was still calling along the east bank though it could scarcely be heard over the wind! Over 200 Brents were still present and a small group of 8 Pink-feet were also nearby, with 4 Avocets of note and a rather sleek looking Chiffchaff began to sing near the Dell hide in the very occasional sunshine.

And they call it British Summer Time!

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Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male NW of North Walsham still at Antingham in paddocks by Southrepps Road
Norfolk Hawfinch on Wednesday flew south over Hemsby. On Tuesday Woodlark flew south