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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

Holme Bird Observatory Saturday 27th April 2019

A rough day with rain during the morning, the only highlight was a Frosted Green and a Pale Pinion in the moth traps.


A Pale Pinion enjoys a drink at the Obs bar...

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Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Caister at 7.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile (+Spoonbill still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Langham on driveway briefly c4pm then flew SE +no further sign
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall by wooden bench at 12.28pm cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk Little Gull ad Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape briefly +2.Great White Egrets still +c5.Common Cranes
Norfolk Bluethroat recently Sheringham in Dead Man's Wood
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes +Woodlark
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite metal gates. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Eccles at 8.26am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Winterton flew south over Low Road at 8.53am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Trimingham flew east towards Mundesley
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Overstrand again 7.48am flew south towards Cromer Ridge then lost to view
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew east over Overstrand at c7.40am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day just east of Wells still from track
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Sheringham still over The Burlington at c5.26am then lost to view +no further sign by 6am (+Hen Harrier flew east at 6am)