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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 11th November 2017

A quiet day, highlights included a Tawny Owl calling in the pines, a Kingfisher near the Broadwater, a Cetti's Warbler near the Observatory and at least 3 Stonechats. 180+ Black-tailed Godwits and 500+ Fieldfares were feeding in fields along the ridge east of Ringstead.

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Norfolk 7.Scaup Snettisham RSPB on northernmost pit this a'noon
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton North Dunes in brambles near plantation
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.25pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still in field by Iron Road at 1.50pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on esplanade by boating lake at 12.50pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 1.15pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse flew west along beach at 1.20pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Holkham Pines at west end
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still midday on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Happisburgh at south end of field near track to Cart Gap late morning +Shorelark still
Norfolk Hawfinch Wymondham Abbey
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Grey Phal Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at 9.40am then flushed
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by beach car park
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Winterton
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.ad.drk) Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs flew south over main pit at c8.40am
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath at 8.05am
Norfolk 12+Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath at 7.50am