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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 Wednesday 19th February 2020

Birds on the sea this morning included two Long-tailed Ducks, two Red-throated Divers and an Eider. On the Grazing Marsh and Broadwater there were still good numbers of Wildfowl and waders present, with counts of 700 wigeon, 500 Lapwing, 300 Golden Plover, 350 Brent Geese and 250 Pink-feet made. Nine Twite were again present around the Coal Barn in Thornham Harbour.

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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
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water along South Wall still this morning
Norfolk 180+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+53.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk 9+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 46.Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +2.Velvet Scoters offshore. 4.Spoonbills still from Lady Anne's Drive TF.896.458
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Cley NWT 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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still 100yds south of 1st hide in bush viewed from opposite side of pit
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard reported y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 7.Bewick's Swans Norwich flew ENE over Brunswick Road NR2 2HB
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day NE of Chedgrave still at Hardley Staithe