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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

Saturday 28th October 2017

A return to westerly winds today but visual migration was still apparent with over 2000 Starlings passing through, 60+ Fieldfares, and 35 Redwings counted together with a single Snow Bunting over the pines, 1200 Pink-feet and 200 Brent Geese counted during the day, a Red Kite drifting west, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Ruff, 15 Snipe, a Kingfisher and 3 Stonechats also of interest. On the sea, an Eider and 360 Common Scoters, 4 Goldeneye, a Red-throated Diver, 55 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots were seen.

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Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach 50yds west of pillbox by car park at 1.45pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse again 11.18am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese TG.077.439
Norfolk 22.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Cley at 12.57pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach at 11.48am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still in field by path to Babcock Hide at 12.18pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at car park at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Cley at 11.26am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.26am
Norfolk 3.Twite Thornham on saltings at 10am tho mobile +2.Spotted Redshanks in creeks
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew west past Cley at 10.25am +6.Bonxies probable Great Northern Diver on sea
Norfolk probable Pom Skua flew past Winterton in 2hrs (+3.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hawfinch flew north over Whitlingham Ctry Park 7.45am-9.15am
Norfolk Snow Bunting west of Breydon Bridge on wall
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Twite y'day Blakeney on fence just south of where footpath to Blakeney village meets sea wall