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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 23rd March 2017

On the sea today 15 Long-tailed Ducks and 12 Common Scoters were the highlights, while a Water Rail was in the reeds near the Hun sluice and 2 Cetti's Warblers and 6+ Chiffchaffs were calling and singing in the area.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Sedge Warbler Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:25 Norfolk Tree Pipit Cley next the Sea at Eend of East Bank near disabled hide at 08:20 then flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field at 18:15 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Common Crane N/over Breydon Water at 10:35 + Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field just S/of church at 11:29 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Norwich W/over cathedral at 09:58 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just NE/of Sparham Pools by barn NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk 3 Woodlark Happisburgh in fields by coastal watchpoint + 14 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT & 3 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 15 Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NNR offshore
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course mid a/noon just W/of Skelding Hill. Keep to footpaths NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at 13:45 at N/nd at Ken Hill on pool viewable from inner sea wall but elusive TF648335
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 12:45 W/of Iron Road at rear of main pool NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Marshes at Haddiscoe Bridge + Common Crane NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course in gorse just W/of coastguard lookout but elusive. Keep to footpath Norfolk Garganey Salthouse at 07:00 from Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill viewable from inner sea wall at 07:30 TF648335