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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 21st November 2015

Interest was once again focused on the sea today, the foul weather producing plenty of interest. Wildfowl counts included 7 Brent Geese, 16 Shelducks, 492 Wigeon, 172 Teal, 55 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 5 Eider, 262 Common Scoters, 66 Goldeneye, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosander and 2 Red-throated Divers. Other highlights included 317 Kittiwakes, 5 Fulmars, 120 Gannets, 7 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, 182 Great Skuas and 5 Little Auks.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hoopoe NE/of Spixworth at Crostwick in paddock at top of slope 200yds NNE/of Hall Road junction at 14:30 NR12 7BB TG259167
> Norfolk Cory's Shearwater Reported past Winterton-on-Sea + 3 Little Auk
> Norfolk Humpback Whale Winterton-on-Sea mid a/noon off beach c/p
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel E/past Cley NWT at 14;12 from beach c/p NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Little Auk Gramborough Hill on pool W/of here then taken into care. NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel E/past Sheringham at 10:35 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 12 Little Auk past Sheringham between 10:15 & 13:30 + 8 Pomarine Skua, 72 Bonxie, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Velvet Scoter & 2 Scaup NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel N/past Winterton-on-Sea at 13:20
> Norfolk 25 Little Auk Cley NWT w/past beach c/p this mrng + 100 Bonxie NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 6 Little Auk past Titchwell RSPB between 09:00 & 11:45 + 105 Bonxie & AD Little Gull PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Little Auk Gramborough Hill on pool W/of here at 12:36 showing well NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Humpback Whale N/past Winterton-on-Sea the beach c/p at 10:45
> Norfolk 10 Pomarine Skua past King's Lynn PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 4 Little Auk past Titchwell RSPB + 70 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Humpback Whale Winterton-on-Sea off beach c/p. + 2 Little Auk past, 2 Velvet Scoter & 8 Little Gull
> Norfolk 2 Little Auk past Overstrand NR27 0PF TG246410
> Norfolk Little Auk past Titchwell RSPB + 8 Pomarine Skua & 2 Whooper Swan flew/S from freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Grey Phalarope Sheringham between 07:30 & 10:15 + 30 Little Auk, 5 Pomarine Skua, 39 Little Gull, 2 Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe & 69 Bonxie, 2 Sooty Shearwater & 4 Manx Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Little Auk past Winterton-on-Sea
> Norfolk Humpback Whale offshore Hemsby at 08:45 NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Little Auk past King's Lynn + 15 Bonxie PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 16 Pomarine Skua S/past Hunstanton between 08:30 & 11:30 + 63 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua, 63 Skua sp & 2 Manx Shearwater PE36 5AH TF672409
> Norfolk 6 Little Auk W/past Titchwell RSPB between 12:45 & 14:45 + Pomarine Skua & 75 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 15 Little Auk past Cromer + Pomarine Skua, Black-throated Diver & 2 Great Northern Diver NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk 4 Little Auk past beach c/p Cromer this a/noon. + Sooty Shearwater NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk 5 Little Auk N/past Great Yarmouth from the harbour entrance this a/noon + Pomarine Skua NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 6 Pomarine Skua past beach c/p Cley NWT between 07:00 & 13:00 + 191 Bonxie, Arctic Skua, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Scaup & 3 Long-tailed Duck NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 5 Little Auk past Winterton-on-Sea + 3 Velvet Scoter
> Norfolk Grey Phalarope Cromer W/past at 14:35 NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Long-tailed Skua past Sheringham + Black-throated Diver NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Little Auk Brancaster flew inland at 15:20 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk 5 Little Auk past Holme NOA today + 7 Pomarine Skua, 182 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 317 Kittiwake & Scaup TF717450
> Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley NWT E/over Eye Field at 14:46 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Little Auk Salthouse at 14:30 200yds W/of Beach Road in channel NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Hoopoe NE/of Spixworth at Crostwick in paddock at top of slope 200yds NNE/of Hall Road junction at 14:30 NR12 7BB TG259167
> Norfolk Cory's Shearwater Reported past Winterton-on-Sea + 3 Little Auk