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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 Tuesday 18th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from gate at end of footpath at 12.16pm
Norfolk 25+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Little Stint still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash +Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT
Norfolk Bittern Cley NWT at South Pool at 5.55pm then flew over Glaven Valley
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT late a'noon
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Lake still late a'noon with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks opposite museum at 2.46pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Sheringham at 3.31pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 3.27pm NW of Wells +north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Winterton on sea opposite cafe
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 1.27pm NW of Wells +north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT 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 at 11.40am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose ad near Matlaske still at Barningham Hall in field at 9am with Greylag Geese. Park in village +walk to private sign at Barningham hall entrance
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.07am (+48.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
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 PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124