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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

Friday 14th August 2015

A humid and misty day, the highlight was a first year Icterine Warbler trapped and ringed, which was later active around the car park area until around 11.30am. Also of note today were 3 Avocets, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshanks, a Kingfisher, a Cetti's Warbler, one Garden Warbler, one Grasshopper Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher in the east end of the pines near the coastal footpath.
At least 2 Humming-bird Hawk Moths were feeding at the buddleia.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Welney WWT this mrng. PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Blakeney Point still in Lupins early evng. + Whinchat, Redstart & 2 Pied Flycatcher NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at 16.20 in bushes by start of boardwalk but elusive.
> Norfolk 9 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Holme NOA trapped & ringed at 07:35 & will be released at The Obs at 07:55 TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Redstart Burnham Overy + Short-eared Owl & Pied Flycatcher at W/end of Holkham Pines PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 1300 Med Gull Breydon Water roosted by dusk. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this evng. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 1300 Med Gull Breydon Water this evng. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide this evng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 6 Black Tern past Sheringham by mid mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Winterton North Dunes at 08:50 NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull Cromer on beach NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Sheringham just W/of The Splash at 08:00 + Whinchat NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 3 Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at E/end + 5 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Turtle Dove Horsey singing in garden NR29 4EP TG477228