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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 15th April 2020

A vocal Cuckoo was present at Thornham Harbour early this morning. Later in the day four Red Kites were watched circling over the saltmarsh there, very a much a reflection of this species increasing presence in the general area. A short sea-watch produced little of note, highlights being two Fulmars and two Great Crested Grebes. Seemingly a small arrival of Willow Warblers this morning was reflected with at least three individuals present around the NOA reserve.

Butterflies recorded today included Green Hairstreak, Orange-tip and Brimstone.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Buxton Heath at 1.30p
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets reported y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach still +Little Stint reported
Norfolk 2.Ravens Wiveton over church at 2.10pm then flew south
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes flew west over Winterton this a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again then flew west +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Felbrigg Park flew over NW end at 11.45am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Monday 1.5mls SSE of Runham +south of A47 at Britannia Farm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Heacham South Beach in field just beyond green shed at 12.35pm +2.Grasshopper Warblers
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Limpenhoe east of Marsh Road
Norfolk Stone Curlew last night flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wiveton at Leatherpool Lane
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley flew north along River Glaven at Glandford Road at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels between Stalham +East Ruston in paddocks northof Weavers' Way 1/4ml west of Stepping Stone Lane
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sheringham at west end of golf course at 8.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem west of South Walsham flew west over Panxworth at 8.30am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels y'day Hemsby at Long Beach Estate