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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 7th November 2015

Despite a terrible day for weather, a Peregrine was seen late afternoon and 3 Stonechats were busy on the other side of the Broadwater. 21 Snow Buntings were on the beach.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Reported Titchwell RSPB calling by picnic area near c/pk at 15:45 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB yill 11:15 on grazing marsh W/of main path then flew W/towards Thornham PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great White Egret N/of King's Lynn at Ongar Hill + Twite PE34 4JF TF579244
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 3 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Cley NWT this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB late a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB + Slavonian Grebe, 2 Water Pipit on grazing marsh & 2 Spotted Redshank on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 21 Snow Bunting W/thru Holme Dunes NNR at 15:00
> Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB in cut area by main math PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea 09:50 in off sea at Second Avenue NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk 3 Water Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide mid mrng, permit only NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Black Redstart Salthouse from new NWT hide NR25 7XW TG082443