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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

Friday 1st May 2015


A Cuckoo was calling early on, and 4 Whimbrel, 6 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats, and 6 Wheatears were recorded. A female Ring Ouzel was at Gore Point.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh till 17:55 then flew N/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 8 Dotterel NE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 18:05 in 1st N/of drying barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Possible Ringtail Montagu's Harrier or Pallid Harrier between Cley & Salthouse in ploughed field at 16:45 then flew inland
> Norfolk Dotterel Blakeney Freshmarsh at 16:30. From Blakeney walk N/along sea wall for 3/4ml then E/for 500yds
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this mrng + Bittern NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard N/over Horsey at 10:18 NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard S/over Winterton North Dunes at 09:58 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Felbrigg Hall NT 16:00 at water meadow NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Adult Summer Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs at 14:00
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR + Ring Ouzel & Whinchat
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Burgh Castle TG476049
> Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Winterton-on-Sea on playing field
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 5 Ring Ouzel Holt on Holt Lowes at 09:40 NR25 6SP TG082375
> Norfolk Adult Little Gull Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048