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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

Sunday 10th September 2017

A blustery day with rain developing in the afternoon. House Martins and Swallows continued to feed all around the reserve and at least 1 Swift was among them. A Great White Egret was seen over towards the village hides, a Short-eared Owl was hunting lavender marsh in the morning, and 2 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 5 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears were seen from the sea wall between Holme and Thornham.

Moths are getting scarce, but 4 Archer's Darts, a Snout, a Common Wainscot, 2 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and a Large Yellow Underwing were in the traps.

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Norfolk White Stork Salthouse flew past Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT still 1.25pm east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine +showing well
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn by green tents at 10.45am. Walk south from Heacham
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT again east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine at 12.30pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells still on floods west of caravan site this morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.25am +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Cley at 9.30am
Norfolk 44.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w y'day till dusk Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn opposite last green tents. Walk south from Heacham