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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

Monday 6th February 2017

40 Snow Buntings were again on the beach, and 35 Twite were seen on three occasions flying over the Observatory in both directions. 2 Stonechats were on the east bank.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes viewed from Burgh Castle this a/noon but distant NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk 70 Tundra Bean Goose near Clippesby in field early mrng TM431137
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford on Burrell Way IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby at 13:42 in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton Dunes NNR on beach by 1st rocks late mrng NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 33 Shorelark Holkham Bay E/of Holkham Gap at 11:00 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwold Washes 1/4ml W/of Washland Viewpoint at 10:50 IP26 4LQ TL727882
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Thurne Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Breydon Water at E/end flew NE/past Breydon Bridge mid mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:30 on marsh 400yds N/of hotel viewable from coast path at Westbury
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull W/past Sidestrand at 08:37 NR27 0LT TG265395