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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 2nd February 2017

A blustery day with showers, highlights were on the sea with a female Eider, 30+ Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, and 6 Great Crested Grebe. A drake Common Scoter was on the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Holkham Bay on beach W/of Holkham Gap + Red-necked Grebe offshore, Slavonian Grebe & Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Burgh Castle at 14:20 TG457011
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 11:30 + Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose between Heacham & Ringstead in field with Pink-footed Geese Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham RSPB on beach TF650328
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard just SW/of Surlingham at 09;30 by Surlingham Lane then flew NE/ NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk 59 Tundra Bean Goose between Clippesby & Billockby in fields with Pink-footed Geese TM431137
Norfolk Great White Egret S/over Colney GPs at 07:55
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley Marshes NWT by Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes at 16:30 in SW/corner of St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 30 Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + Great Northern Diver TF717450
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 1 Ringtail) Stiffkey from c/pk late a/noon NR23 1QL TF975431 Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge this a/noon
Norfolk 30 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddock area at 15:55 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Binham 13:30 at Priory Crescent Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad TG462139
Norfolk Waxwing Wells in bushes along Beach Road S/of works entrance at 11:05 NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk 19 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Halvergate Marshes
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT in drain N/of Walsey Hills viewable from Attenborough Way at 10:20 + Siberian Chiffchaff at 09:00 in reed litter by East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 27 Snow Bunting Horsey on beach this mrng NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Wells at East Quay near sailing club at 08:43 NR23 1AR TF917437