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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 17th February 2020

An adult female Scaup was on the Broadwater in the afternoon. A flock of 25 Snow Buntings was on the beach off Golf Course, and a Chiffchaff was at the Saltings. A male Blackcap was in front of the Richardson hide, and on the grazing marshes 300 Golden Plover and 400 Lapwings were counted.




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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Common Crane flew over
Norfolk 52+Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +Long-tailed Duck 8.Velvet Scoters TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Earlham Marsh at 1.10pm
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh +3.Great White Egrets still +137.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from gate at end of footpath
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham still at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from coast path (2.Purple Sands on groyne.26)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
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 at 9.29am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps at 9.34am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 7.45am