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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 13th June 2015


Rain for much of the day saw little in the way of bird activity, but the moth catch improved with highlights including 3 Diamond-backs, a Shoulder-striped Wainscot and a Pine Hawk Moth. At Walsey Hills a female Red-backed Shrike was on Snipe's Marsh, while 2 Med Gulls and a Cuckoo were also of note.

Female Red-backed Shrike - Walsey Hills, 13th June 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Blakeney Point 20:07 at Halfway House. Walk W/from Cley Beach c/pk for 1.5mls, keep on seward side of ridge & clear of roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT at 18:00 on North Scrape viewable from screen but distant NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point at 15:30 flew to roped off area at E/end of Long Hills but elusive. Walk W/from Cley beach c/pk for 3mls. Keep on seaward sdie of ridge & away from roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point by 10:10 near The Hood. Walk W/from Cley beach c/pk for 3mls. Keep on seaward sdie of ridge & away from roped off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Sign of Paddyfield Warbler Blakeney Point in suaeda at Long Hills. Walk W/from Cley beach car park for 3mls. Keep on seaward side of ridge & away from roped-off areas NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Marsh Warbler Narborough at 20:35 off Main Road by Nar Valley Way 400yds N/of The Ship Inn showing well PE32 1TE
> Norfolk Female Red-backed Shrike 1ml E/of Cley S/of Walsey Hills NOA at 19:30 S/of A149 at Snipes Marsh viewable from A149 NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk No Sign of Male Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Freshmarsh 15:30 at N/end along drainage channel
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Blakeney Harbour on saltmarsh at 13:10 TG028441
> Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Welney WWT from Lyle Hide early a/noon showing well + Great White Egret PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Probable Marsh Warbler Blakeney Point 11:25 at Halfway House in suaeda on seaward side but elusive NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Welney WWT from main obsvertory PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Golden Oriole Reported Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide, heard only NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT off East Bank then flew E/ NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Reedbed + Little Gull on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB + 3 Little Gull & 7 Red-crested Pochard PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side at 09:00 PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT till 09:30 on Rush Hill Scrape then flew towards Swim Coots NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Salthouse W/over Iron Road between 09:00 & 09:30 NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 1st Summer Little Gull Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048