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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 Saturday 4th July 2020

A grey and windy day with light rain on and off, the highlights today were a Great White Egret over the grazing marsh mid morning, a Spoonbill on the Broadwater, 8 Black-tailed Godwits flying east, a Greenshank flying over calling, an adult Med Gull over the dunes, and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

A Southern Hawker was flying in the shelter of the pines, and Small Heath, a Small Skipper sp, Red Admiral, Ringlet and Meadow Brown were around the reserve. In the moth traps a meagre offering included an Elephant Hawk Moth, 2 Cinnabars, a Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Common Footmen, a Smoky Wainscot, a Scarce Footman, a Rustic and a Nutmeg.


Elephant Hawk Moth

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Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon +5.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +Great White Egret still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.15pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall +2.Great White Egrets 6.Spoonbills
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT at 9.17am
Norfolk 3+Cattle Egrets (2+juvs) recently Holkham NNR