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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 7th September 2017

On the sea 2 Eiders, 200 Common Scoters, 2 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns. 16 Wigeon flew in off the sea during the day, and both Spoonbill and Great White Egret were also seen. A Spotted Redshank was on the NWT pools and 2 Short-eared Owls were again hunting the lavender marsh. Two Stonechats and 2 Whinchats were of note, and a Grey Wagtail flew over west. A Swift was with mixed flocks of Swallows and House Martins and a Cetti's Warbler was on the reserve. Thirty-two Golden Plover and a Hobby were also seen during the day.

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Norfolk 4.Whinchats Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes at 2.30pm
Norfolk no sign of Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park (but 3.Turtle Doves)
Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham Coastal Park flew south
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Cley along fence from beach car park near North Scrape at 10.42am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme over saltmarsh behind 1st car park
Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton South Valley tho elusive
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park opposite hump across channel tho mobile
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Overstrand at 8.35am
Norfolk 17.Velvet Scoters y'day flew past Holme 4.40pm-6.10pm with 400.Common Scoters +5.Bonxies 3.Arctic Skuas