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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Tuesday 29th DECEMBER 2020

Further to the announcement of a Tier 4 (Stay at home) lockdown in Norfolk, the NOA has closed all hides on its nature reserves. While we would discourage anyone from travelling too far during this crucial time, our reserves themselves will remain open for local visitors and usual charges will apply for non-members. Please follow government advice, and respect social distancing at all times. We will restore access to our facilities as and when government restrictions permit.

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Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 11th July 2020

Seawatching today produced 150 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, a Fulmar, 12 Gannets and 59 Sandwich Terns. A flock of 180+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Thornham Harbour together with 60 Curlew. Three immature Spoonbills flew west along the dunes and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard in the paddocks early morning. Two Siskins flew west over the Observatory.

Around the reserve Small Heath, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were noted. In the moth traps 18 Common Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 2 Cinnabars, 4 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Diamond-back, a Small Emerald, a Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Uncertains, a Marbled Minor sp, 2 Mottled Rustics, 2 Rustics, 1 Silver Y, 1 Nutmeg, 2 Brown Tail, a Short-cloaked Moth, a Kent Black Arches, an Early Thorn, Peppered Moth, The Clay, a Rosy Footman, and a Heart & Dart were caught.

Below - The Rustic and Round-winged Muslin moths




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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad again 1.30pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance from north side. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon (but 5.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad 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 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Great White Egret. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Scaup drk still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +8.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull y'day Weybourne Camp