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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

Friday 30th September 2016

Another day of strong south-westerlies, however some birds were getting through, with a marked arrival of Pink-feet totalling over 350 by the middle of the afternoon. Seawatching produced 32 Brent Geese, 50 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 39 Gannets, and 2 Sandwich Terns. Along Thornham Bank a total of 8 Whinchats were counted, with 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear also present. A Kingfisher was around the Broadwater and at least 30 Swallows were still present. A white Starling was also seen again on the grazing marsh.

Small Copper and Comma butterflies were noted, with many Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers in the pines.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen late a/noon + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Great White Egret over Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park at 15:00 NR21 0LN TF949290
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point on tideline this evng NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:00 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose W/past Weybourne at 07:35 + 3 Puffin NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide at midday PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common on E/side along path by bench near bungalows at 10:00 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting E/over Thornham Point at 08:15 Norfolk 4 Little Stint Cley NWT from Daukes Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Great Northern Diver E/past Sheringham this mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 8 Whinchat Holme NOA by coastal path to Thornham TF717450
Norfolk 2 Black-necked Grebe Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 14:45 + Rock Pipit near Rotary Hide TF650328
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB early mrng on freshmarsh + 2 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436