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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 21st August 2015

A frenzy of seabird activity at Gore Point this morning included over 1000 unidentified terns far out to sea but also 8 Teal, 40 Common Scoters, 6 Fulmars, 360 Gannets, 17 Arctic Skuas, 340 Sandwich Terns, 50 Common Terns, 1 Little Tern, 4 Arctic Terns, and 3 Black Terns. On the NWT reserve a Wood Sandpiper and 3 Green Sandpipers were on the pools.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this evng NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard Warham Greens flew inland over Whirligig at 16:55. From campsite c/pk walk W/for 1/2ml NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Adult Male Honey Buzzard W/over Wells Woods at 16:40 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill (1 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Stiffkey Fen at 09:10 on Marsh W/of main footpath NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Little Stint Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk 4 Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape at 15:15 + 4 Wood Sandpiper NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Little Stint Cley NWT on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water early mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Holme NWT fron 3rd hide AT 11:00 TF715449
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Kelling Water Meadows at 13:00 NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Whinchat Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 3 Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape + Wood Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad late mrng NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh + 5 Spotted Redshank & Whimbrel PE31 8BB TF759436