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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 2nd April 2020

A breezy day but dry, there was still little sign of migration and the main highlights today were 2 Red Kites drifting over, and 8 Ruff on the NWT pools, with 2 Cetti's Warblers singing along the northern edge of Broadwater and at least 6 Chiffchaffs around the recording area. On the sea a pair of Common Scoter were offshore and 7 Red-breasted Mergansers were counted, with 2 Great Crested Grebes also noted. A flock of 30 Goldfinches were in the pines and 6 Pochard were on the Broadwater.

In the moth traps a sudden surge in variety took the form of an Early Grey, Powdered Quaker, 2 Hebrew Characters and 4 Red Chestnuts!

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still mid a'noon in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 10+Common Scoters y'day flew over Hingham at 10pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret flew west over Binham this morning
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew north over Thorpe Hamlet at 12.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Heacham flew south over South Beach this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at South Denes
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still in meadow by footpath TG.394.036
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR still 7.30am