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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 15th February 2020

Storm Dennis arrived with strengthening winds and most bird keeping low. Ten Twite were seen at Thornham, and on the grazing marshes 200 Brent Geese, 300 Golden Plover and 380 Lapwings were of interest.

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Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male reported 1ml north of Sedgeford still flew from by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +lost to view this morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Letheringsett still with 2.Lesser Redpolls. Take Riverside Road by mill +view alders upstream from bridge over ford
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still at end of track west of boatyard
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 3.Scaup Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide +Great White Egret 3.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Earlham Marsh at 9.45am