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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

Sunday 16th August 2015

A hot and sunny day, with some activity on the sea including 500 Common Scoters, a Gannet, 5 Great Crested Grebes, and a Little Tern. NWT counts at high tide included an amazing 2,740 Sandwich Terns, 1,213 Common Terns, an adult Kittiwake and 3 Med Gulls, together with 2,210 Oystercatchers. There was on further sign of yesterday's Redstart, but Turtle Dove and Barn Owl were noted as was a kettle of 10 Common Buzzards and over 250 Swallows either gathering or passing through during the day. A single Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew over Wells this a/noon. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Ringtail Harrier sp. Earsham GP 14:45 flew/W along River Waveney at Earsham Sculptural Trail
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Take small track off A149, go through first gate and view bushes opposite the next gate with yellow bucket mid-a/noon. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Burnham Overy at 14:40 in bushes at the start of the Dunes Boardwalk showing well. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew/N Wells Woods at 13:30. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew/W over High Kelling at 13:15.
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 3 Arctic Skua & 2 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 26 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen + Spotted Redshank NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 19 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen this mrng. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Possible Pomarine Skua flew/E past Sheringham between 06:00 & 08:00. + Velvet Scoter & Arctic Skua NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB today. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB today. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Little Gull Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 16:10 showing well near watchpoint. NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew past Dauke's this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT at 18:29. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT near visitor centre mid-a/noon but mobile. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey flew/W over Salthouse at 15:25 this a/noon at Little Eye. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Black Tern Holme NOA today. TF717450
> Norfolk 2 Adult Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this a/noon. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape this mrng. + Little Stint NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham RSPB this mrng. + Curlew Sandpiper TF650328