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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

Thursday 17th November 2016

A day of rough weather with rain arriving at lunch time. A huge count of Teal on the Broadwater (over 1000) was brought to notice by a passing ring-tail Hen Harrier which drifted east along the southern edge during the morning.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 2mls SSE/of Brancaster 2/3ml N/of Sunderland Farm in field S/of crossroads at 12:20 with Pink-footed Geese PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 9 Lapland Bunting over Sheringham + 7 Little Gull past/E & 2 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Gorleston-on-Sea on seafront NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Salthouse at Little Eye late mrng NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Cattle Egret Bradwell at Gapton Marshes in cattle field at 07:44
Norfolk 10 Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB + Scaup, 10 Velvet Scoter & 10 Twite in Thornham Harbour PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Cley NWT on shingle bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Hooded Crow 1/2ml W/of Aylmerton by A148 near St.Andrews School this a/noon
Norfolk 25 Waxwing Norwich over Portland Street this a/noon NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 40 Waxwing Bowthorpe between Chapel Break Road & Barnard Road
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 2 Hen Harrier & 4 Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Velvet Scoter off Hopton-on-Sea NR31 9SE TM535997
Norfolk Hen Harrier Haddiscoe Island TG457011 Norfolk Drake Scaup 4mls SE/of King's Lynn at Foster's End GP PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 10 Waxwing
Norwich at Institute of Food Research by reception at 11:00 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 10 Waxwing Norwich at Jenny Lind Park at 10;25 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10:35 from hide NR13 4HW TG351056