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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 15th November 2017

A misty but calm day allowed for some ringing during the morning with a Yellow-browed Warbler caught which was very much the surprise of the day. A flock of around fifty Black-tailed|Godwits were on the grazing marsh and at nearby Thornham Harbour the Twite were again present with 15 recorded.
Yellow-browed Warbler- Holme Bird Obs, Nov 2017

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne offshore late a'noon
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton South Dunes below chalet park in gorse opposite orange Life Saver sign at 1.45pm
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point c1/4ml from Lifeboat Station by track near seal fence mid a'noon
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks still Happisburgh on beach at 1.50pm (+30.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse on beach at north end of Beach Road at 1.10pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Blakeney Point north of boardwalk
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field by lighthouse car park (+30.Snow Buntings still on beach)
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew east past Kelling Hard at 12.25pm
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls Cley NWT along beach by beach car park early a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA trapped, ringed +released late morning
Norfolk 85.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still by orangery
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT off East Bank at 10.15am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew west over Thorpe- next-Haddiscoe at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwold Washes