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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

Monday 28th November 2016

A pleasant day, clear and sunny. Highlights included a Spotted Redshank on Lavender Marsh, Peregrine, Kingfisher and Stonechat on the reserve and on the sea a short sea watch produced 20 Common Scoter,  eight Goldeneye, four Red-breasted Mergansers and an Eider.

Norfolk No Sign of Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 2mls SE/of Docking mid a/noon at Docking Common in SW/of B1454 with Pink-footed Geese but 5 Tundra Bean Goose & 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose present TF785409
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 2mls SE/of Docking 11:45 at Docking Common in SW/of B1454 with Pink-footed Geese TF785409
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 11:45 in hedgerow 400yds S/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Blakeney Freshmarsh 15:00 to 15:20 then flew to Blakeney Harbour Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull (yellow ringed) Sidestrand this mrng on beach NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 12:35 W/of beach path PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes this a/noon in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes in horse paddock at bottom of Harper's Lane early mrng Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs but mobile