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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 25th February 2020

Seawatching from the dunes this morning produced 6 Fulmar, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 male Eider and a Guillemot.

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Norfolk 10+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs still mid a'noon in flooded paddock by Chapel Break Road opposite Bendish Way
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs by River Yare this morning
Norfolk 40.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end at 2.40pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh tho mobile
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle west of beach car park at 10.56am
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 in field by junction at 11.08am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10.25am 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge TF.676.050
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls SSW of Swanton Novers by Fulmodeston Road from raptor watchpoint at 10am TG.009.302 NR21 0NG
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove TF.676.050
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 8.03am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124