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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

Thursday 5th November 2015

Still signs of some migration today with over 2,500 Starlings counted moving west along the coast during the morning. Several small flocks of Lapwing, totalling 115 birds were also noted heading west and presumed newly arriving Pink-feet, c300 birds, were counted during the day coming in off the sea. Four Whooper swans were seen flying west past Gore Point,  a late Swallow and a Merlin were over the east bank mid morning and a ring tailed Hen Harrier was again noted over the grazing marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water On North Flats near green post 33 & 35 mid mrng at low tide + 4 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB over Autumn Trail at 08:30 + Ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, 2 Spotted Redshank & Water Pipit. 3 Slavonian Grebe & 5 Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on pools from Wasington Hide at midday TF884451