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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

Sunday 29th November 2015

A very blustery day with heavy rain in the afternoon. Seawatching was good with a Long-tailed Duck, 840 Common Scoters, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill and 3 Guillemots of note. Also seen today were a Peregrine a ring-tail Hen Harrier 3 Shorelark at Thornham Point, a single Snow Bunting and 24 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB S/of South Pits this a/noon. TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 10:00 on fence S/of pits TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB on post S/of pits mid mrng TF650328
> Norfolk Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB S/of hides over marsh TF650328
> Norfolk 20 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + Water Pipit NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham on the beach this a/noon + Hen Harrier, 2 Velvet Scoter & 27 Twite PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 flew/E over main track PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT just E/of West Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 4 Common Crane Acle Bridge at 13:30 NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB at 12:40 TG378039
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse over beach at 10:45 NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Little Auk E/past Sheringham at 10:30 + Bonxie NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Glaucous Gull Snettisham RSPB at 10:40 past hide at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham at 10:37 on beach at end of track from Holme PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Snettisham RSPB TF650328
> Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Santon Warren on rough ground near the church
> Norfolk 6 Twite Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + Long-tailed Duck & Slavonian Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham near Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Waxwing Santon at Santon Warren this mrng W/of level crossing by gate