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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 9th August 2015

Some excitement today with a Caspian Tern with hundreds of Common and Sandwich Terns at Gore Point this morning, and 2 Ospreys around Thornham Harbour in the afternoon. Also of note were a Peregrine, Hobby, and 2 Yellow Wagtails over east.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT at 20:00 on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT till 18:30 on Rush Hill Scrape then flew off NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk Caspian Tern Holme NWT at 07.10 from Gore Point. TF717450
> Norfolk Spoonbill over Cley NWT this evng + 10 Yellow-legged Gull NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 20 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this evng + 3 Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper & 8 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 7 Red-veined Darter (dragonfly) Kelling Water Meadows NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 1st Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT at 21:00 from Dauke's Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT 20:25 from Dauke's Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard S/over Egmere at 19:30 TH905375
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard S/over Wells NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Pectoral Sandpiper Reported Cley NWT were Ruff, reidentified from photographs NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Pectoral Sandpiper Cley NWT 12.45 from Dukes' Hide. + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on the Freshmarsh this mrng. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Breydon Water at the E/end this mrng. + 2 Common Sandpiper NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Osprey SW/over Holme Dunes NNR at 16:00
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier S/over South Creake at 17:25
> Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Osprey Thornham Harbour 1 on a post at 15:00 PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Osprey Thornham Harbour at 14.25 on E/side of sea wall. PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Osprey Scolt Head Island NNR circling at 12.41 PE31 8DS TF821459
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton-on-Sea
> Norfolk Osprey Flew/E over Thornham Harbour at 12.28 PE36 6NL TF728440
> Norfolk Osprey circling blockhouse by beach Titchwell RSPB at 12.06. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Whinchat Winterton North Dunes today. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on the Freshmarsh this mrng. + 2 Wood Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey flew/E over Blakeney Harbour at 09.10. TG028441