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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 15th December 2016

Pink-footed Goose numbers continued to rise with numbers estimated to be in excess of 2500 birds on the grazing marsh, which made an impressive sight both visually and audibly as they moved around the site. Wildfowl numbers remained high on the Broadwater too, with around 500 Teal and 200 Wigeon present. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew along the Broadwater mid morning and a pair of Stonechats were along the East Bank with another on the NWT reserve.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field with 8000 Pink-footed Geese + 10 Tundra Bean Goose PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Great White Egret 2/75mls W/of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh by River Yare
Norfolk 15 Tundra Bean Goose 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field with Pink-footed Geese PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Cley NWT late a/noon on Simmond's Scrape + AD Black Brant in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham at 14;15 off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk 22 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap early a/noon at end of dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill between Cley & Salthouse on Sea Pool Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 10:50 in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk No Sign of Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse at duck pond NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 9 Hen Harrier (5 Male + 4 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost late a/noon NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow + Mealy Redpoll in alders by visitor centre, 20 Long-tailed Duck offshore & 21 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham Harbour in roost TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide this a/noon + Jack Snipe NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Holme NOA over Broadwater TF717450
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Tasburgh on Henry Preston Road opposite primary school late mrng
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe off Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172 Norfolk 15 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Hunstanton at 09:10 in garden off Oasis Way PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB over grazing meadow PE31 8BB TF759436