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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

Monday 2nd October 2017

Highlights today were 150 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh, 10 Brent Geese passing offshore, 3 Pintail west, 3 Eiders and 1500 Common Scoters on the sea, a Red-throated Diver west, a Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 35 Sandwich Terns, 2 Swallows, 2 Stonechats along the east bank, and a single Snow Bunting was on the beach.

In the moth traps Shore Wainscot and Rosy Rustic were species of note.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh ar 2.20pm
Norfolk 10.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 18.Common Cranes Horsey
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach at end of beach path at 1.52pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Kelling Water Meadow at 12.25pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods in birches west of beach boardwalk at 10am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Holme Dunes this morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Kelling Water Meadow still 12.56pm
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Titchwell RSPB this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10.20am
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew south past Winterton this morning
Norfolk 29.Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 11.51am
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Point flew south over Near Point at 10.04am
Norfolk 25+Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape still 11am +2.Curlew Sands
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still at south end of south section near roundabout
Norfolk 25+Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Scaup drk flew west past Cley at 8.17am