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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 20th June 2015

A fairly quiet day overall, with rain encroaching in the early afternoon. Ringing was limited to a Dunnock, Blue Tit and Great Tit in the nets, but moths improved today with a Lunar Hornet Moth and 2 Red-necked Footman of particular note. At least 7 Lesser Whitethroats were around the reserve and both Common and Little Tern flew past the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape at 21:40 NR25 7SA TG04944
> Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT at 09:48 on Simmond's Scrape from Dauke's Hide + 7 Spoonbill NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Marsh Warbler Narborough at 17:55 off Main Road by Nar Valley Way 400yds N/of The Ship Inn singing & showing well PE32 1TE
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill E/over Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Arctic Skua W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 10:40
> Norfolk Drake Garganey W/past Cley NWT at 10:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Common Crossbill Titchwell RSPB E/over c/pk at 07:40 PE31 8BB TF759436