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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 26th April 2020

A brighter and sunnier day with a moderate south-westerly breeze. On the grazing marsh 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 4+ Ruff were counted. Two Cuckoos were calling and other highlights were 2 Swallows, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails heading west. The two Black Swans were again at the back of the grazing marsh.

Moths today were a Brindled Beauty, White Ermine, Hebrew Character, 2 Northern Drabs and a White Ermine. Butterflies were plentiful with 14 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, 2 Brimstones, 4 Peacocks, 2 Green-veined Whites and a Large White.

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve

Below: White Ermine Moth

Below: Orange Tip male

Below: Little Egret

Below: Holme Bird Observatory Reserve


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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets on Friday Blakeney
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Great Moulton near Downsland Park at 2pm NR15 2DR
Norfolk Ring Ouzel WSW of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh in scrub behind West Earlham Estate at midday
Norfolk Turtle Dove flew west over West Runton at 8.18am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham south of Skelding Hill at 9am +2.Whinchats
Norfolk 2.Bar-tailed Godwits Cantley Marshes RSPB this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills near Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns west of Norwich flew south over Bowthorpe towards Colney GPs
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves New Buckenham Common at 8.14am +Nightingale (not Old Buckenham Common)