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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 28th June 2020

A blustery day with squally showers. A morning seawatch produced 2 Fulmars west, 6 Gannets with 2 close inshore, 3 Little Terns east and 125 Sandwich Terns recorded. A summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh south of the river Hun, 3 Sand Martins flew over the dunes, and a male Cetti's Warbler was singing near the west end of the reserve.

A few butterflies were struggling in the high winds with a Small Heath, 10 Meadow Browns, 4 Red Admirals and 6 Large Whites were counted. In the moth traps a Pine Hawk, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Heart & Clubs, 2 Shore Wainscots, 3 Flames, 5 Sand Darts, a Bordered White, a Rustic, and Uncertain, 6 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Small Dusty Wave, 3 Striped Wainscots, 5 Lyme Grass, 2 Elephant Hawks, a Spectacle, 3 Buff Ermines, 9 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Heart & Darts, a Riband Wave, a Yellow Tail, a Swallowtail, a Peppered Moth, a Barred Straw, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Grey Dagger agg, 2 Common Rustics, 2 Silver Ys, a Clay and a Marbled Minor sp.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool from track from car park at midday
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