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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 30th August 2015

A humid and still day, the best sightings being a Short-eared Owl hunting near the sea wall at Thornham early morning, and a Great Skua drifting past the Broadwater before landing on the pools. Over 100 Black-tailed Godwits flew through east and 2 Whimbrel were calling, with at least 3 Yellow Wagtails also passing over and 3 Whinchats on the fence along the river Hun. A Kingfisher was also seen, and a Garden Warbler was ringed together with Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge and Reed Warbler, Whitethroat and Cetti's Warbler.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Blakeney Point + 2 Whinchat NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Wryneck Nunnery Lakes by 19:30 in area with no general access IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk 3rd Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pats Pool at 19:45 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua Reported E/over Gore Point at 17:30
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 19:10 + 3 Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
> Norfolk Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes at 17:25 singing from SE pool NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape this a/noon. NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Wryneck Caister-on-Sea at 16:30 along fence near golf course 200yds S/of Beach c/park. NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point at the Hood. NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows this a/noon. + 2 Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Male Bluethroat Winterton North Dunes at 14:10 showing well on SE Pool NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT from the Visitor Centre NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Wryneck Nunnery Lakes in area with no general access. IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Caspian Gull Overstrand on groynes NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB mid mrng from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows this mrng. + Wood Sandpiper NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh this mrng. + 11 Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436