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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 4th November 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose ad still Burnham Overy Staithe in field +showing well
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (ad +2.near-ads) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +1w.hybrid Caspian Gull x Herring Gull (German-ringed) 3.Little Stints. 4.Water Pipits on Serpentine
Norfolk probable Great Snipe Salthouse flushed from north end of Beach Road this morning then flew west
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both males) Warham Greens roost
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Rockland Broad this evng
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holkham on beach
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide this evng
Norfolk Dotterel Titchwell RSPB at 4.30pm with Golden Plovers
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER reported Walcott again
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just south of beach car park in Eye Field at 3.20pm with 350.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Holme on Lavender Marsh +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Shag on Thursday Rockland Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still
Norfolk 11+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk no sign of Pallas's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cockley Cley
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew in scrub at south end of Bungalow Lane at 3.35pm +Water Pipit flew towards flood at Station Marsh