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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 27th November 2015

Seawatching today produced 3 Eiders, 215 Common Scoters, a Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmars, and 10 Great Crested Grebes. Also of note today were a Peregrine and both male and ring-tail Hen Harriers.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 15:34 S/of southern hide then flew S/along seawall TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB perched on on South Marsh at 11:13 TF650328
> Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Thetford at The Nunnery till 13:15 then flew S/ IP24 2EP TL873826
> Norfolk 4 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB this mrng NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 23 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB view from end of Burnt House Road + 129 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TG378039
> Norfolk Probable 2 Risso's Dolphin Reported W/past Titchwell RSPB at 11:05 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Salthouse on Cross Street in garden + Male Ring Ouzel nearby NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB 300yds N/of visitor centre on pool W/of main path + Female Hen Harrier & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 19 Twite Thornham Harbour this a/noon TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 1 Ringtail) Holme NOA + Velvet Scoter offshore, Red-throated Diver & Great Northern Diver TF717450
> Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore + Bonxie & Snow Bunting at Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham on seafront NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 4 Waxwing Snettisham Village at 09:45 by junction of Beach Road & A149 but mobile TF650328
> Norfolk Male Black Redstart Gorleston-on-Sea N/of pier on harbour rocks at 08:15 NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk 4 Waxwing S/over Snettisham RSPB at 08:45 TF650328
> Norfolk Waxwing Sheringham in garden at 08:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks IP26 5HW TL822943