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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

Monday 11th May 2015

On the sea today a female Red-breasted Merganser was present and 4 Arctic Terns flew through west together with 42 Sandwich Terns, and 12 Little Terns. Also of note were a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, a Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, and 3 Spotted Flycatchers around the pines. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak and Small Copper while in the moth trap a Small Elephant Hawk, Frosted Green, and a Ruby Tiger were of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler 20:05 Blakeney Point in plantation + Female Subalpine Warbler. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk 3mls along shingle to view NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end of Holkham Pines by 15:50. Park at Lady Ann's Drive & walk W/for 1.5mls NR23 1RJ TF867455
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point by 13:30 but Female Subalpine Warbler in plantation. Park at Cley beach c/pk & walk 3mls along shingle to view NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Male Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation 12:15. Boat from Morston Quay 13:45 but all other boats cancelled due to wind NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes at W/end of Holkham Pines by by late mrng. Bird was present 06:10 then mobile calling in flight till 06:30. Park at Lady Ann's Drive & walk W/for 1.5mls NR23 1RJ TF867455
> Norfolk Female Subalpine Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation 09:00 only NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Citril Finch Burnham Overy Dunes - any further news please text 07581 302 260 / call 01158 712888