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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 12th December 2016

An overcast day with light winds, over 1200 Pink-feet were active around the marshes together with 600+ Lapwings, 250 Wigeon and 600+ Teal. On the sea 50+ Common Scoters, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver were of note. Also of interest were a Cetti's Warbler, 12 Fieldfares, a Water Rail and 2 Stonechats. 16 Twite were at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 6 Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB W/over main path PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance at 09:40 NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk Great White Egret S/over Colney GPs at 08:30 Norfolk 4 Scaup Tottenhill GPs
Norfolk Female Scaup Snettisham RSPB on pit 4 + Ringtail Hen Harrier Thru TF650328
Norfolk 20 Waxwing Costessey at 14:10 on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier thru Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 32 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 21 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew W/along beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 50 Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB + 11 Velvet Scoter & 5 Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436