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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 23rd August 2015

A few migrants arrived today with Redstart, several Willow Warblers and an impressive count of at least 40 Pied Flycatchers in the recording area.  Four Whinchats where on the fence opposite the coal barn at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill early evng. + Icterine Warbler at 18:30., 2 Pied Flycatcher & 2 Redstart NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill late mrng. + Icterine Warbler NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 09:00 but elusive. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Booted Warbler Gramborough Hill at 08:05 but elusive. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Brancaster In Harbour. + Harrier sp. over dunes & 7 Pied Flycatcher PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Probable Long-tailed Skua Holme next the Sea + 9 Black Tern & 8 Pied Flycatcher
> Norfolk Wryneck Blakeney Point late a/noon. NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Juvenile Montagu's Harrier Blakeney Point late a/noon. + 5 Pied Flycatcher NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 1st Winter Marsh Warbler Blakeney Point at The Hood mid a/noon. NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Gramborough Hill at 13:50 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB late mrng. + Wood Sandpiper, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Little Stint & 4 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Little Stint & Wood Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 17 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438