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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 Wednesday 8th April 2020

A reeling Grasshopper Warbler was a nice surprise on arriving at the Observatory this morning, very much the bird highlight of the day.  The moth trap unsurprisingly only produced two species of moth, Red Chestnut and Early Grey, both typical for this time of year. Butterflies though continue to emerge with several Green Hairstreaks noted today.

Green Hairstreak

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Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly y'day High Kelling in garden
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT in Eye Field then flew high NNE
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Sunday Hemsby
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Claxton in grazing field
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Reepham at 10.19am +singing Garden Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley flew south past 11.Glandford Road at 10.30am then landed in ditch by poplars west of sewage works
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe again in grazing marsh viewed south from Well Road tho distant TG.395.031
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh +5.Yellow Wagtails Sedge Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cley flew south over Glaven Valley at 9.07am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in main drain early evng