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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 25th August 2017

A beautiful warm day at the Observatory, on the seawatch 271 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 10 Gannets, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Arctic Skuas, 12 Sandwich and 102 Common Terns were counted, while around the reserve 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Stonechats were of note.

In the moth traps 2 Scarce Bordered Straws, a Poplar Hawk, Kent Black Arches, Dark Sword-grass, Chinese Character, Rush Veneer and White Point were among the species of interest. A Painted Lady was also seen.

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Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp 6.20-9.30am
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water by 11.15am. No sign of ad.Caspian Tern Hickling Broad NWT by 2.20pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Caspian Tern Breydon Water by 11.15am. No sign of ad.Caspian Tern Hickling Broad NWT by 2.20pm
Norfolk no news on Caspian Tern Breydon Water since 7.25am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 2pm north of A149 between duckpond +bus stop then flew to reeds cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk Little Stint Holme NWT in cattle field from 1st hide at 12.40pm +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male still Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at 12.35pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 12.41pm. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 11.42am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still on NE pool at 10.30am (+Wood Sand) NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 10am on wet meadow north of duckpond by A149 cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk Black Tern juv Breydon Water at east end at c10am then lost to view
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still on wet meadow north of duckpond by A149 at 7.15am cTG.079.439 NR25 7XG
Norfolk 3.Garganey Welney WWT on Nelson-Lyle Pool at 7.55am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad (red ringed) Breydon Water still on mudflats viewed from South Wall opposite car park at 7.25am tho distant
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3.Spotted Redshanks