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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 1st October 2017

A blustery day with little visible migration, highlights included 200+ Pink-feet on the grazing marshes, 100 Brent Geese, 1800 Common Scoters on the sea, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 Sandwich Terns and 5 Gannets passing, and 2 Ruff on the NWT pools.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery just west of churchyard gate at 2.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 2.15pm by boardwalk
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Sheringham
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end in sallows by path at 2pm
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation]
Norfolk 30+Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape still
Norfolk Osprey Lenwade flew NW over Dinosaur Park at c11.40am
Norfolk 3.Garganey Hockwold Washes late morning
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Hockwold Washes still +2.Garganey
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still south of A149 in cattle field east of village at 9.20am
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Cley NWT
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still in picnic area
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Brancaster Staithe harbour in channel east of car park at 9.40am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery at south end of south section just east of main path at 9.35am with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew north past Waxham at 9.15am
Norfolk 20.Hawfinches 2mls ESE of Mundford flew over West Tofts
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork ad y'day east of Long Stratton still at Rhees Green [wings have atypical damage +pigmentation