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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 22nd August 2015

A very hot and windy day, with some early visible migration including 5 Grey Herons, over 400 Swallows, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, and a Tree Pipit flying over. Over 100 Black-tailed Godwits flew over the grazing marsh mid afternoon and 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 1 Greenshank and 2 Snipe also of note. Ringing also produced a Treecreeper, 14 Meadow Pipits, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers and a Goldcrest. At Redwell Marsh a Ruff and Wood, Green and Common Sandpiper were all seen.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill showing at 19:20. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 18:45. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 18:05 but elusive. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 16:35 1/4 mile/E of Beach Road. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 14:55 showing well. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Possible Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 13:08 but elusive. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT at 20:17 + 9 JUV Little Stint NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:40 from Tower Hide. NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 9 Juvenile Little Stint Cley NWT on Pats Pool this evng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this evng. + 3 Little Stint & Continental Black-tailed Godwit NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Holme NOA on Redwell Marsh. TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill scrape. + 2 Wood Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 5 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water at E/end. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 Little Stint Cley NWT on North Scrape + Wood Sandpiper flew to Pat's Pool. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB + Arctic Skua & Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436