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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 Wednesday 15th July 2020


A Great White Egret and 15 Black-tailed Godwits were seen over the grazing marsh and a Green Woodpecker was seen near the Car Park. A sea watch produced counts of 237 Sandwich Tern, 200 Knot, 16 Common Scoters and three Gannets.
The moth trap produced over 40 species again, which included Garden Tiger, Pine and Poplar Hawk-moths, Coxcomb Prominent, Drinker and Chinese Character.

Coxcomb Prominent

Chinese Character
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Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from East Bank
Norfolk 6.Garganey (ad.fem +5.young) y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton with cattle at midday. 7.Spoonbills on pools. Great White Egret flew east
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still 10am Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide but no further sign by 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters flew west past Cley NWT 8am-10.30am
Norfolk no further sign of Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide by 12.20pm
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide at 9am
Norfolk Black Redstart Sea Palling at allotment this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still in North Drain east of East Bank at 7.45am