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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

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Highlights on the sea today included 9 Long-tailed Ducks, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Goldeneye. On the reserve  Great Spotted Woodpecker and Tawny Owl were both heard calling from the pines.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Scratby off Yarmouth Road at edge of Scrubby Hall viewed from f/p at dusk (for 4th day)
Great White Egret Marlingford on water meadows this mrng NR9 5JA TG141092
 2 1st Winter Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape late a/noon + 7 Bewick's Swan NR25 7SA TG049441
Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB in tree by Thornham Marsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh mid a'noon
Cattle Egret in field N/of entrance track at Ted Ellis NR, Surlingham this a'noon
Shorelark Winterton-on-Sea near cafe + 20 Snow Bunting mobile
25 Shorelark Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458
Great White Egret Breydon Water flew over A47 to marsh opposite Vauxhall Caravan Park at 09:15 NR31 9QB TG464048