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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

Thursday 21st May 2015

A seawatch produced 1 Fulmar, 24 Little Terns, 103 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns. 2 Turtle Doves flew across the road near the saltings and a Cuckoo was near the Observatory. There was no further sign of the White-fronted Geese, but a Pink-footed Goose and a single Wheatear were still on the grazing marsh. In the evening a Black Stork was seen passing over pines and along the beach, before heading inland towards Old Hunstanton.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Probable Little Bittern Snettisham Coastal Park singing 1/2ml N/of Beach Road by inner seawall in reeds by large gorse patch 18:00-18:45 - heard only TF648335
> Norfolk 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull 17:05 Breydon Water by South Wall opp windpump then flew twds Burgh Castle & no further sign NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Black Stork Ringstead Downs by 19:50
> Norfolk No Sign of 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull Breydon Water this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Black Stork 18:40 SW/of Old Hunstanton Park over Ringstead Downs viewable from hilltop btw Ringstead & Sedgeford then lost to view
> Norfolk Black Stork over Scolt Head Island NNR this a/noon PE31 8DS TF821459
> Norfolk Possible 2nd Summer Audouin's Gull Gorleston-on-Sea south of pier off Gorleston Cliffs 09:00-09:12 tho distant, then flew N/ NR31 6PL
> Norfolk Black Kite Wells 09:31 flew S/ over Church Street
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper early evng Cley NWT E/of East Bank on the Serpentine + Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Cley NWT on Pope's Pool this mrng but Pectoral Sandpiper & Spoonbill NR25 7SA
> Norfolk 16 Dotterel 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell E/of Choseley Drying Barns in fields to NE/ early mrng. Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early mrng PE31 8BB