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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

Tuesday 7th March 2017

A beautiful Spring day with mild westerlies produced little in the way of obvious migration, with just a scattering of Meadow Pipits, 5 Stonechats and 2 Siskins suggestive of movement.

Flocks of Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese were grazing on the marsh throughout the day and 8 Russian White-fronted Geese were present among them. Two Cetti's Warblers were singing around the Observatory building, a Tawny Owl called from the pines in the afternoon, a Grey Wagtail was seen on the approach road and reports from the sea included 4 Eiders and a single Red-breasted Merganser.

In the fine weather large raptors were conspicuous with at least 5 Common Buzzards, 6 Marsh Harriers and 2 Red Kites over the grazing marsh and village.

Norfolk News From Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier in grass field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham again at 13:25
Norfolk No Sign of Pallid Harrier at stubble field Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 08:30-13:00 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 17:30 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Waveney Forest mound TG457011
Norfolk 21 Shorelark between pines/dunes just E/of Holkham Gap at 15:30
Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves this mrng TL815900
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh + 2 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood at Cockleycley Wood along fire break.107 at early a'noon TF778054
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Bay just E/of Boardwalk NR23 1RJ TF892458