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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 9th October 2017

A day of more obvious visual migration with 46 Shelduck, 115 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 2 Eiders, 300 Common Scoters, a female Red-breasted Merganser, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes counted at sea. A further 250 Wigeon were moving inland, with 250 Lapwings, 150 Golden Plover, 25 Redwings, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Grey Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, 12 Rock Pipits,1 Swallow, 2 Bramblings, 12 Greenfinches, 28 Linnets, single Redpoll and Siskin, 15 Reed Buntings, 5 Bearded Tits and a Richard's Pipit near Thornham Harbour were also of interest.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey Campsite Wood still 2.45pm with tit flock
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr King's Lynn at The Walks south entrance at 2.20pm with tit flock
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west over Thornham Point at c1.40pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 1.40pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Richard's Pipit again Titchwell RSPB flew SW over freshmarsh towards Thornham at 12.20pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods on north side of The Dell 100yds east of toilet block at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holkham flew north over Lady Ann's Drive at 11.40am
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.15am
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 late morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Brancaster in garden 200yds west of White Horse pub at 10.55am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 200yds west of drinking pool at 10.30am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Snettisham flew south over Ken Hill
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 10am Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Hawfinch flew west over Titchwell RSPB mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still 9.05am with tit flock
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still at south end of Walsey Hills NOA at 8.20am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Little Stints still
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad on Saturday Hemsby on beach +showing well
Norfolk 17.Little Stints y'day Cley NWT still in a'noon