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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 6th November 2015

Another rather grey and bleak day, birds of note were two Kingfishers and a large count of 56 Gadwall on the Broadwater, a Stonechat in brambles on the far side of the Broadwater opposite the Obs building and a Cetti's Warbler periodically singing from scrub adjacent to the disabled car park. A Barn Owl was also hunting early morning on the marsh south of the approach track.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Pallid Swift Cley NWT over beach near Eye Field at 14:15 then flew E/ NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water off North Wall 1ml W/of hide briefly early mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl W/over Sheringham this mrng + 4 Bonxie past NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay this mrng + 3 Snow Bunting NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 6 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe W/past Sheringham at 14:15 then off Weybourne NR26 8BQ TG159435