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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 Monday 20th January 2020

Two drake Scaup flew west offshore, and other highlights on the sea included 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot. Also of interest were a Water Rail, 410 Golden Plover on the grazing marshes, 10 Twite at the Harbour and 12+ Snow Buntings on the beach.

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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park on lake
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field by dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 1.33pm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 5+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 12.58pm
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by sea wall NW of car park at 1.07pm TF.728.443
Norfolk 25.Bewick's Swans (24.ads) Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham still at Waxham Sands Holiday Park on grass at north end viewed from coast path at 11am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley beet factory
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley still 12.50pm on St.Margaret's Church
Norfolk 27.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay at 12.22pm
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Thornham Harbour mouth at 12.02pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge by huts at 10.51am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on St.Margaret's Church at 10am
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still on groyne.19/22 at 9am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne NE of windmill viewed from A149 at 10.03am
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.57am (+40+Snow Buntings still +4.Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still in field south of A149 layby
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again flew from roost