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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 Sunday 19th April 2020

A breezy but beautifully sunny day with a brisk north-easterly, a few more migrants had arrived today with Whimbrel over calling, 10 Ruff on the grazing marsh, an adult Med Gull drifting over the village, and a Cuckoo, 2 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 6 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler seen or heard around the recording area.

In the moth traps an Early Thorn, Hebrew Character, Small Quaker and Muslin Moth were to be found, and butterflies today were numerous with 12+ Green Hairstreak, 4 Peacocks, 3 Orange Tips, a Green-veined White and a male Brimstone all on the wing during the day.

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Norfolk Raven flew east over Stiffkey at 2.14pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew NE over King's Lynn
Norfolk Wryneck Cley in gardens near A149 (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Caister still on west side this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male y'day between Blakeney +Morston in field south of coastal path
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing still Norwich on Westlegate at Aviva
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Limpenhoe still in paddocks east of Marsh Road