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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

Wednesday 11th October 2017

A very breezy day with largely south westerly winds resulting in unsurprisingly little in the way of migration with three Grey Wagtails, four Rock Pipits, two Bramblings and a Siskin the only passerines of note. A Short-eared Owl was on Redwell Marsh early morning along with an impressive count of 74 Black-tailed Godwits. Three Red-throated Divers were noted on the sea.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy between sea wall +A149 at 11.50am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull ad reported Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 9.40am then flew east
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 12.05pm at The Dell
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv y'day still 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow in evng (+juv.Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank) TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on beach this morning
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.17am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods north of main track 500yds west of drinking pool
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk escaped Demoiselle Crane ad y'day Burnham Deepdale [wing-clipped]
Norfolk presumed escaped Demoiselle Crane ad on 24th August west of Stiffkey [appeared to be wing-clipped]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Burgh Castle