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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 Thursday 5th March 2020

On the sea today 10 Eider and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were of note, and on the marsh 110 Black-tailed Godwits were counted. A Barn Owl was hunting in the village and a male Blackcap was on the reserve. Four Snow Buntings were seen from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 2.07pm (+16.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.03am
Norfolk no sign of any Smew Filby Broad late morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.01am
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Thornham Point on beach west of main track at 10.22am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove north of Raven's Farm junction on wires at c10.10am +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR still on south side at 8.58am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Brancaster in channel east of golf clubhouse at 7.38am
Norfolk Scaup fem y'day Holme NWT on Broadwater