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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 4th November 2015

A rather grey, misty and at times wet day. Noteworthy sightings included a ringtail Hen Harrier that was seen on several occasions out over the grazing marsh and around the Broadwater, a Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Spotted Redshank, two Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, Cetti's Warbler and a Tawny Owl that was heard calling from the pines. Two more Water Pipits were also trapped and ringed our 6th and 7th of the autumn.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB early mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines by Washington Hide briefly NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide TF884451
> Norfolk 5 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Holkham Pines from Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Stiffkey late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew in off the sea this a/noon + Water Pipit on the freshmarsh, Ringtail Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Red-necked Grebe offshore & Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 9 Twite Thornham Point
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Hopton-on-Sea towards Radar Lodge at 16:40 NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk Long-tailed Duck past Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 4 Bewick's Swan W/past Sheringham + Arctic Tern & 60 Little Gull flew/E. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Holme NOA this a/noon. + 2 Water Pipit trapped & ringed TF717450
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy in field by hedge just e/of stile on track PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Holme NOA + 2 Water Pipit trapped & ringed this mrng. TF717450
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham at W/end of prom + Arctic Tern, 16 Little Gull & 4 Bewick's Swan NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Cromer 08:55 at North Lodge Park briefly then flew towards the beach NR27 9HE TG219423