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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

Sunday 24th May 2015

A grey day but with some highlights, including a Hobby hunting the grazing marsh to the south, a Cuckoo flying past calling, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, a summer plumage Golden Plover, 4 Little Terns and a Sandwich Tern along the Broadwater, and steady passage of Swallows, Swifts and House Martins.
At Walsey Hills 4 Little Gulls flew past west, a Curlew Sandpiper was on Pope's Marsh and a Spoonbill was on the Serpentine.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler 20:20 West Runton N/of A149 by Water Lane just E/of Laburnum caravan park viewable from football pitch. Park only in clifftop c/pk at end of Water Lane & walk back NR27 9QA
> Norfolk Male Red-spotted Bluethroat 19:15 Blakeney Point by laboratory in tamarisks showing well NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 5 Female Dotterel 15:50 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell NE/of Choseley Drying Barns . Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT E/of East Bank + Curlew Sandpiper on Pope's Pool this mrng & 1s Little Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Male Golden Oriole Winterton North Dunes in plantation briefly NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath 18:30
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Choseley Drying Barns 18:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 4 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Salthouse NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh 06:05 PE31 8BB TF759436