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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

Friday 13th November 2015

With wind speeds in excess of 35mph at times unsurprisingly birds generally were thin on the ground, with the only notable sighting being a Greenshank at Gore Point early morning.
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hoopoe NE/of Spixworth at Crostwick near AGF Barns (for 4th day) NR12 7BB
> Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Felbrigg Hall NT at dusk in rough grazing field below dam then flew to lake NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Probable Grey Phalarope W/past West Runton at 13:32
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1/2ml S/of Choseley Drying Barns in fields S/of right hand bend in road at 13:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT this mrng in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB W/of main path PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Breydon Water flew S/past breydon Bridge & landed in trees near rugby club then continued S/ NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Jack Snipe Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB in roost this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl 1/2ml W/of Morston Quay at 15:45 NR25 7DJ TG011444
> Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide at 15:15 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 13 Bewick's Swan Breydon Water early a/noon at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Market over fields beyond sharp bend by A149 + 2 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham 100yds E/of Funky Mackerel Cafe on rocks
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + Water Pipit PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Felbrigg Hall NT flew to edge of lake near boathouse NR11 8PR