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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 Friday 10th July 2020

A rather mixed day with heavy showers and sunny spells. Two Wigeon were still around the Broadwater and a Greenshank flew over calling, with 2 Black-tailed Godwits on the grazing marsh and a Sandwich Tern over the Broadwater. A juvenile Tawny Owl was calling from the pines and a Lesser Whitethroat was heard along the east bank.

In the moth traps 8 Common Footmen, 2 Cinnabars, a Middle-barred Minor, 2 Short-cloaked Moths, 3 Scarce Footmen, a Brown Tail, a Marbled Minor agg, Silver Y, Nutmeg and Dark Arches were caught.

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Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.30-9.30am
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT at 11.46am [via webcam]
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still in SE corner of Pat's Pool from car park +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still along beach
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Winterton in North Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Cley NWT still from East Bank