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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 Saturday 11th April 2020

A strong southerly breeze brought high temperatures with the weather station registering 24 degrees by the end of the afternoon. It was surprisingly quiet for migrants today with 3 Sparrowhawks, a single Swallow west over the pines, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Grasshopper Warbler, and 3 Sedge Warblers recorded. Two Black Swans were again on the Broadwater and on the grazing marshes 30 Avocets, 5 Ruff and 22 Curlew were also of note. Five Pink-footed Geese were still loitering on the marsh and Wigeon numbers have dwindled with just three seen.

In the moth traps 5 Small Quakers, a Red Chestnut, 3 Hebrew Characters, a Pine Beauty and a Powdered Quaker were to be found, and butterflies had a good day with 5 Peacocks, a Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admirals, a Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 Green Hairstreaks around the Observatory reserve.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on Cricket Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Fakenham on golf course
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wormegay still near High Bridge at 11.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Sedgeford in paddock at 10.18am
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels West Runton still at Water Lane in last paddock at 10.45am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew north over Hingham at 8.15am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Great Massingham on SW side over fields between Lynn Lane +Walcups Lane mid morning then flew north