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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

Wednesday 11th November 2015

An early sea watching session produced 15 Great-crested Grebes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Gannets, 4 Red-throated Divers, 4 Guillemots, 2 Little Auks and a Slavonian Grebe. A Merlin was watched arriving over the sea pausing briefly on the beach to rest, with two more (a pair) seen later in the morning over the grazing marsh. A juv Hen Harrier was again around the Broadwater area, an adult Med Gull flew east along the dunes and at least three Stonechats were noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB + Ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Water Pipit, 4 Spotted Redshank & Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach between here and East Runton NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen for 3rd day PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew towards Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 7 Hen Harrier Warham Greens + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Horsey at least 6 on the beach from the seal-watching point early a/noon NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA over the marsh late a/noon TF717450
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT + Sandwich Tern NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water RSPB at midday NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Hen Harrier Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Osprey E/past Cley NWT distantly offshore at 08:50 NR25 7SA TG049441