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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 Tuesday 14th July 2020

A Great White Egret was seen again today and three Crossbills flew over heading East. On the sea 15 Common Scoters, 3 Gannets and an adult Med Gull were noted, as were Sandwich, Common and Little Terns, Sandwich being the commoner, with 112 noted in a 40 minute period during the morning.

The moth traps were busy with 43 species recorded which included two Ruby Tigers, Large Twin-spot Carpet, two Oak Eggars, Latticed Heath, Bird Cherry Ermine, Red-barred Totrix and Pine and Eyed poplar Hawk-moths.

A Humming Bird Hawk-moth was also frequenting the Viper's Bugloss on occasions in front of the Observatory building.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret still 2.55pm Hickling Broad NWT +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hickling Broad NWT at 2.45pm +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park this morning
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still this a'noon Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.54am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park tho distant
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.21am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide tho elusive
Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.41am
Norfolk Pec Sand still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park at 8.43am