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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

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Highlights were 5 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh, a group of 8 Barnacle Geese over east, 7 Sandwich and 4 Common Terns out to sea, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the Observatory building, a Barn Owl hunting early morning, a Cuckoo on the fence along the east bank, and 5 Blackcaps, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers were singing. A Redstart was in the forestry on the NWT and at least 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 19:35 Buckenham Marshes RSPB from footpath SE/ of hide NR13 4HW
> Norfolk 8 Dotterel 17:14 S/of Titchwell just E/ of Choseley Drying Barns in field by Chalkpit Lane
> Norfolk Female Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park early evng TF648335
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Great Cressingham singing mid a/noon
> Norfolk 4 Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW
> Norfolk 8 White Wagtail Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide NR25 7SA
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling Heath singing TG102419
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water + 40 Whimbrel NR31 9QB
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel 09:45 flew over pipe dump ESE/ of Waxham + 14 Whimbrel
> Norfolk Manx Shearwater 08:15 E/ past Sheringham NR26 8BQ
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Waxham Sands Holiday Park singing + Female Ring Ouzel - do not enter, pls view only from dunes NR29 4EJ