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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 8th May 2015

On the sea today 11 Little Terns, 51 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were counted. On the grazing marsh there were 3 Pink-feet, 6 Barnacle Geese, 100+ Brent Geese, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Snipe, and 4 Ruff. Two Whinchats were near the entrance to the NWT reserve and Turtle Dove and Cuckoo were heard in the paddocks. Other migrants of note included 8 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 8 Tree Sparrows.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Staithe viewed from sea wall
> Norfolk 23 Dotterel NE/of Choseley Drying Barns this evng in ploughed field viewed from Chalk Pit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape at 11:00 but no sign at 12:30 NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 3 Common Crane over Kelling Heath at 13;18 TG102419
> Norfolk 3 Common Crane over Stiffkey Fen at 12:45 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Holme Dunes NWT at 10:34
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NNR E/of beach c/pk from coastal path behind houses
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NWT
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Wretton at 15:00 from the cut bridge
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns at 15:45 on wires PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park 12:30 in clear area 200yds N/of pines TF648335
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park 50yds N/of Beach Road at 12:45 TF648335
> Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes
> Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth W/of seafront on roof NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 2 Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park in cleared area 200yds N/of pines + 3 Turtle Dove & Snow Bunting flew N/ TF648335
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Holme NWT in paddocks behind NWT pay hut at 08:55 TF715449
> Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Blofield Heath in garden NR13 4QH TG328115