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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

Wednesday 13th May 2015

On the sea today counts of 93 Sandwich, !3 Common, 13 Little and one Arctic Tern were noteworthy and in the recording area there were counts of at least 20 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear and 2 Turtle Doves. The sun brought out a good selection of Butterflies with Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus and Wall Brown all seen well.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 22 Dotterel 19:30 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell E/of Choseley Drying Barns . Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk No Sign of Wryneck Holme NWT but 4 Turtle Dove TF715449
> Norfolk Bee-eater near Ranworth flew NE/over private site this mrng
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at N/end W/of path 18:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Hoopoe Blakeney freshmarsh flew from NW/corner twds church 11:55
> Norfolk Quail WNW/of Diss singing at North Lopham 07:30
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng + Little Gull NR31 9QB TG464048