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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 8th Decenber 2016

Highlights on the sea included single Great Northern and Black-throated Divers and two Long-tailed Ducks and on the NWT reserve a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen mid morning hunting over the dunes.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes this a/noon at Gun Hill.Use Burnham Overy c/pk then follow sea wall NE/for 1ml then turn W/ PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler just W/of Scratby this a/noon off Yarmouth Road at edge of Scratbyy Hall viewed from footpath. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 15 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap at 15:00
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:00 NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Great White Egret Narborough at Narford Lake + Scaup
Norfolk 11 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB near railway at 12:30 + 23 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Cattle Egret N/of Ted Ellis NR, Surlingham in field N/.of entrance NR14 7AL TG324058 Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Happisburgh S/over cricket pitch NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret W/over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11:03
Norfolk Little Bunting SW/of Guist trapped & ringed at Guist Common
Norfolk Scaup Ormesby Little Broad TG462139 Norfolk 4 1st Winter Scaup Tottenhill GPs + White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Juvenile Great Northern Diver Martham Broad South this a/noon,view from S/side NR29 4DJ TG459202
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh + Velvet Scoter & Long-tailed Duck offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Scaup off Thornham Point