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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Once again most of the interesting birds were on the sea with at least 100 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Scaup, 3 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. Around 500 Pink-feet were on the grazing Marsh with two White-fronts, and the flock of around 35 Snow Buntings remained at Gore Point.

Roosting Tawny Owl found high in the tree tops enjoying the sun - Holme Bird Obs, February 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes by 1st groyne on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford at Burrell Way mid mrng IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 117 Tundra Bean Goose Breydon Water S/of South Wall just W/of Humberstone Farm late a'noon NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT late a'noon + Pink-footed Goose NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 24 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB at 17:10 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 35 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum late a'noon in roost IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Brancaster Staithe showing well in channel late a'noon PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Felbrigg Hall NT in silver birch on edge of Old Deer Park NR11 8PR Norfolk 4 Scaup Holme Dunes NWT offshore
Norfolk No Sign of Black-necked Grebe Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 35 Snow Bunting Gore Point Norfolk 3 Scaup King's Lynn at Saddle Brow PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk 166 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh mid mrng + Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 100 Long-tailed Duck Holme next the Sea + Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver & 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 26 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Holme-next-the Sea at 09:05 on the sea TF717450
Norfolk 2 Slavonian Grebe Thornham Point + Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 114 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore + 72 Velvet Scoter & Water Pipit at Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436