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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

Wednesday 16th September 2015

An Osprey was again seen in Thornham Harbour, and a major movement of wildfowl included 350 Teal, 70 Gadwall, 23 Pochard, and 10+ Brent Geese. On the sea 3 Fulmars, 152 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, and 33 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank were passing over, together with 4 Spoonbills. 80 Swallows and 30 House Martins also moved through during the day, and 3 Cetti's Warblers were in the recording area. A Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler were caught during the days ringing.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 4 Spoonbill over Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-backed Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 15:25 in NE/corner but elusive NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Warham Greens minimum on saltmarsh off Garden Drove + Redstart NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 24 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater E/past Sheringham this a/noon. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh. + Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Spotted Redshank & Black Tern PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 on post W/of main f/path. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile Whinchat Nunnery Lakes at 13:15 IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk Balearic Shearwater W/past Cley next the Sea at 11:28 + JUV Black Tern & 4 Arctic Tern NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Osprey Thornham Point at fishing harbour viewable from Point.
> Norfolk Osprey Reported Lyng at Elsing.
> Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT at 12.05. NR13 6HS TG358151
> Norfolk Osprey flew/S. Titchwell RSPB towards Choseley Drying Barns at 10:19. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 Redstart Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.00 noon.
> Norfolk Redstart Warham Greens at E/end of Garden Drove. NR23 1QD TF943437