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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
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Monday 17th October 2016

Another blustery day but at least the sun was shining! Some bird highlights too with a female Velvet Scoter seen off Gore Point, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Med Gull seen on the sea. A Great Grey Shrike was again on the NWT reserve west of the visitors centre in the dunes, and other sightings of interest included 5 Bearded Tits, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, a Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipits, a Redpoll, and 2 Siskins.

The obvious highlight from Walsey Hills was a Twite which arrived with Redpolls and was trapped and ringed during the morning. Two Jack Snipe were again seen on Snipe's Marsh, 21 White-fronted Geese were near Pope's Pool to the north, whilst on the reserve Bramblings, Redwings, Song Thrushes and 2 Chiffchaffs were notable. Overhead were 3 Grey Wagtails, 12 Skylarks plus flocks of Starlings, Chaffinches and Redpolls.

The very unexpected Twite - Walsey Hills, October 2016