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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

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

As expected a rather breezy day, with the wind still blowing strongly from the West. Unsurprisingly there was little of note from a migrant perspective with a single Wheatear and Whinchat along the entrance track the only exceptions. The Pink-feet though seem to be making the most of the favourable conditions for their journey here with small groups numbering at least 800 in total seen arriving in across the Wash during the afternoon. Birds noted on the sea included a single Manx Shearwater, 11 Bonxies, 4 Arctic Skuas, 21 Gannets and 3 Red-throated Divers.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 2.15pm
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 12.45pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv flew north past Hemsby at 8.29am
Norfolk Pom Skua on Sunday flew past Hemsby (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv Hemsby this morning +Great Northern Diver Black Tern. 6.Bearded Tits in dunes
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Kelling Water Meadow still 10.17am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in overflow car park at 7.45am