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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

Tuesday 10th November 2015

A rather quiet day with the only birds of note being a Peregrine over the reserve mid afternoon, a Stonechat again in bushes on the southern edge of the Broadwater, and vocal Kingfisher, Water Rail  and Tawny Owl all noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Minke Whale off Trimingham at 09:30 NR11 8EG TG279388
>Norfolk 5 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT late a/noon at Stubb Mill NR12 0BW TG429221
>Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 10:25 E/of West Bank with Dark-bellied Brent Geese + 3 Water Pipit from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 08:00 in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441