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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

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Seawatching was productive today with an Eider, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, one Black-throated and one Great Northern Diver, 16 Great Crested Grebes, and a Guillemot offshore. A Shorelark flew west along the beach and 2 Water Rails were near the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Staithe near N/end of boardwalk at 13:20 TF848457 Norfolk Great White Egret Lynford Arboretum in trees at 2nd pit opposite sand pit at Lynford GPs IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 9 Shorelark Holkham Gap late mrng
Norfolk 6 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe on beach at Gun Hill TF848457
Norfolk Cattle Egret in cattle field opposite Wheatfen NR at 14:00 NR14 7DF TG305064
Norfolk 34 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at midday NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:55 at w/end NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 14 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10:50 from e/end of railway station platform NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Brancaster Staithe flew SW/over Barrow Common at 10:00 PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 09:50 Norfolk Iceland Gull flew S/path Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at 08:45 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Waxwing Wells NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT this a/noon
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holkham Bay + 19 Velvet Scoter & 2 Snow Bunting NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 4 Scaup Titchwell RSPB on sea this mrng + 3 Great Northern Diver, 36 Long-tailed Duck & 12 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Martham Broad this mrng NR29 4DJ TG459202
Norfolk 25 Twite Thornham Harbour again TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Blakeney Harbour + Long-tailed Duck, Scaup & Twite TG028441 Norfolk 10 Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay + 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver & 11 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay mid mrng + Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Slavonian Grebe & 8 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT from Daukes Hide + 5 Bewick's Swan flew/E NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham at 09:15 at top of small tower TQ112013 TQ112013
Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB + 20 Long-tailed Duck, 7 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier flew E/over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:50
Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham TQ112013 TQ112013
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Thornham over Thornham Marsh this mrng PE36 6NZ TF737438