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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

Saturday 24th October 2015

Rain moved in again today with the highlight being a superb Rough-legged Buzzard west just south of the Broadwater, and a ring-tail Hen Harrier passing some time later. A Barn and Short-eared Owl were hunting and a Cetti's Warbler was trapped and ringed. Other birds of note included Grey Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipits, 9 Bramblings, and 8 Siskins. A Pearly Underwing moth was in the trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Siberian Stonechat Caister-on-Sea this a/noon on E/side of the golf course, access through dunes 400m S/of lifeboat station NR30 5HB TG5271
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Bluethroat Happisburgh in beet field NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this evng. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard w/over Titchwell RSPB at 08:10 + Short-eared Owl & 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile American Golden Plover Breydon Water at 15:10 on mud opposite rugby pitch then flew off NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey mid a/noon S/of Nelson Head Track NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Horsey at Hoswick NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hardley at Hardley Mill then flew to poplars at 14:55 TM381997
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Breydon Water on North Marsh + 4 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard NW/over Scratby
> Norfolk Bluethroat Happisburgh in beet field + Dartford Warbler NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at end of Nelson Head track early a/noon. NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Staithe but distant
> Norfolk No Further Sign of American Golden Plover Breydon Water or pacific golden plover near bridge late mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Bluethroat Happisburgh NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB showing well from Fen Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT at 10:40 in Eye Field + 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard w/over Thornham PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard W/past Holme NOA at 09:47 TF717450
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR this mrng then flew to wood. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Spoonbill W/of Waveney River Centre this mrng.