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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 4th May 2015

A breezy but summery day with plenty of birds. The flock of 6 Barnacle Geese were still on the marsh, and migrants included 2 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 30 Swallows, a House Martin, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 3 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears. On the sea 18 Sandwich Terns and 11 Little Terns flew past, and a Tree Pipit and 6 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling. Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Small Copper and Speckled Wood.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 16:15 Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewable from path 300yds SE/of hide NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 9 Dotterel this evng 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell NE/of Choseley Drying Barns in beet field PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Wryneck Santon Warren flew W/over horse fields opp St.Helen's picnic site 13:00
> Norfolk 2 Immature Spoonbill Breydon Water flew W/to Berney Marshes 12:55 + Hobby NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Martham Broad 07:45 NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard late mrng Winterton North Dunes + Ring Ouzel NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes by plantation NR29 4BQ TG496198