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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 15th July 2015

A huge moth catch today of 72 species included a Buff Footman, Beautiful Hooktip, Scorched Wing, Silky Wainscot, Kent Black Arches and 2 Rusty Dot Pearls.

Birding was fairly quiet but a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank, together with at least 6 Whimbrel and 45 Black-tailed Godwits, were all of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB On fresh marsh + Short-eared Owl, 7 Spotted Redshank, Bittern, 535 Avocet & 7 Red-crested Pochard PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 12 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen 15.30 + Short-eared Owl W/over Morston Quay 16.00 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Cley NWT + AD Little Stint, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 4 1s Little Gull, 3 SUB-AD Yellow-legged Gull & 23 Little Ringed Plover NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard Swanton Novers over great wood 13.40-13.50 TG010302
> Norfolk 3 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB On the freshmarsh this afternoon. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT at 07:40 on North Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441