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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 5th December 2016

A glorious day with sunshine and a sharp frost, highlights were again on the sea with 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 150 Common Scoters, 4 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, one Fulmar, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Little Gull seen offshore. Also of note were 25+ Twite at Thornham Harbour, 2 Stonechats and a ring-tail Hen Harrier hunting in the middle of the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at 10:40 between boardwalk & Gunn Hill.Use Burnham Overy c/pk then follow sea wall NE/for 1ml then turn w/ PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 10 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns in tree by stubble field at 15:15 PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Lapland Bunting N/over Nunnery Lakes NR at 08:10 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore + 3 Great Northern Diver, 14 Velvet Scoter, 55 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Scaup & 10 Little Gull also 2 Jack Snipe on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver off Holme NOA + 4 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebe & Little Gull also Ringtail Hen Harrier & 25 Twite in Thornham Harbour TF717450
Norfolk 11 Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay this mrng + 30 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool + Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Lenwade by Marriott's Way 200yds S/of c/pk at 12:30 with 20 Lesser Redpolls NR9 5SE
Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Santon Warren at Field Barn opposite Ride 24 this mrng IP27 0TS TL833873 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Salthouse E/of Gramborough Hill but mobile NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 3 Scaup Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Titchwell RSPB + Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck & Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool PE31 8BB TF759436