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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 9th March 2020

7 Twite seen on coal barn at Thornham Harbour
1 Hebrew Character in moth trap

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Woodcock from Fen Trail
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham 1/4ml west of boardwalk at 12.20pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.25pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in bush viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle at 12.24pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end +5+Great White Egrets 4+Cattle Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Dersingham over fields in evng +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.30am. 2.Great White Egrets still from Washington Hide
Norfolk 120+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh. ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Bull Marsh with 1,000.Dark-bellied Brent Geese +3.hybrid Pale-bellied Brent Goose x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 3+Great White Egrets y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks y'day still Holkham Bay in saltmarsh tho mobile (6+Snow Buntings still in dunes. 1+Velvet Scoter still on sea)