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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

Friday 3rd February 2017

A beautiful sunny day with increasingly strong winds, over 2,500 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and a Kingfisher and 2 Spotted Redshanks were in Thornham Habour. The flock of 35+ Snow Buntings were seen off the Golf Course, and a Barn Owl was hunting on Redwell Marsh. At the Observatory a single Waxwing flew over east calling as it went, 2 Stonechats were feeding and along the sea wall at Thornham 40+ Twite were around the saltmarsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull S/past Winterton mid a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse E/of Gramborough Hill at 13:00 NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Lapland Bunting SE/of Walsey Hills in ploughed field NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 110 Tundra Bean Goose between Clippesby & Billockby in fields with Pink-footed Geese TM431137
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island from Burgh Castle at 11:30 + 6 Short-eared Owl TG457011
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby at 14:10 in pig fields S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh at 08:05 on pools just W/of Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Holme-next-the Sea 13:25 on beach off end of Beach Road PE36 6LQ TF717450
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Bay 2mls W/of Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Berney Marshes RSPB early mrng + 110 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR30 1SB TG460053
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew E/ PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT + 18 Eurasian White-fronted Goose PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT by Beach Road on Cricket Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 12 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field E/of windmill in a/noon with Pink-footed Geese + 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435