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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 3rd November 2016

A good day with a visible arrival of thrushes. Highlights included a Long-tailed Duck, 580 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Great Skua, 1 Little Auk and an Arctic Tern on the seawatch, while a Cetti's Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 250 Blackbirds, 60 Fieldfares, 120 Redwings, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 2 Siskins were recorded. A flock of 55 Waxwings were in the area near the paddock at Redwell Marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes late a/noon just SE/og Gun Hill Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes just SE/of Gun Hill this mrng + 29 Waxwing over PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Little Auk off Weybourne on sea at 15:15 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 12 Little Auk W/past Kelling between 10:15 & midday + Snow Bunting NR25 7ED TG095436
Norfolk 51 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap at 15:10
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT this evng on North Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Little Auk Gorleston-on-Sea on sea by breakwater NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 31 Shorelark 1ml E/of Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Little Auk Breydon Water at Breydon Bridge then flew N/with Starlings NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Little Auk N/past Great Yarmouth between 11:45 & 12:30 NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 6 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Harbour at E/end on saltmarsh N/of Blakeney Bank + 22 Snow Bunting Blakeney Freshes TG028441
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Titchwell RSPB at 12;45 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Little Auk W/past Cley Beach c/pk at 11:37 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 7 Little Auk N/past Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 19 Little Auk Past Cley NWT + 2 Snow Bunting by beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Shorelark W/past Sidestrand at 07:40 + Little Auk on the sea NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Little Auk W/past Sheringham at 08:38 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Little Auk W/past Overstrand by 08:00 NR27 0PF TG246410