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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 21st June 2016

A much better day from a weather perspective, with a singing Turtle Dove in the pines early in the morning the best bird of the day. The moth trap was reasonably productive with five Sharp-angled Peacocks and single Barred Straw, Turnip and Poplar Hawk-moth amongst those caught.

At Walsey Hills raptors provided the most interest with Red Kite, Buzzard, several Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk seen during the morning, the only other notable birds were 2 Common Treecreepers present.

Recently fledged Common Treecreeper after processing - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Great Knot Titchwell RSPB at 18:40 on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Scolt Head Island NNR at 11:05 distantly at SW/end with Knot. Walk E/for 1/2ml from Brancaster c/pk to view across channel PE31 8DS TF821459
Norfolk No Further Sign of Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB by 10:19 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Adult Caspian Tern Reported Breydon Water early mrng at E/end then flew off & no further sign NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Reserve Info Titchwell RSPB car park full at 12:20 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Spoonbill Blakeney Harbour + 2 1s Little Gull TG028441
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme NOA singing in pines early mrng TF717450