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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 24th March 2018

On the sea today 30 Eiders, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 500+ Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars and 3 Great Crested Grebes were noted, while around the reserve birds of note included a Stonechat, 2+ Chiffchaffs, 3 House Sparrows, a Barn Owl, an adult Med Gull, a Peregrine, 7 Pied Wagtails, 37 Meadow Pipits, a Brambling, and 4 Redpolls including 1 Mealy trapped and ringed.

Moths included Mottled Grey, Shoulder Stripe, Dotted Border, March Moth, Chestnut and Hebrew Character.

29 birds were trapped during the day including 2 Redpolls (1 Mealy), a Chiffchaff, and 2 Goldcrests.

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Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay still at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Stiffkey Fen at 11.30am
Norfolk Garganey drk still 3.30pm 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv WSW of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 3.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Sparham Pools at 2.40pm
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers Santon Downham still at Santon Warren. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at midday: 1.from Joe Jordan Hide, 1.from Washington Hide
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham still 2pm at Santon Warren in ash trees by level crossing. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Garganey drk still 1.15pm 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk Firecrest Winterton by path 200yds south of Beach Road at midday
Norfolk Black Redstart Hopton-on-Sea at cliffs late morning
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 11.55am on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 17.Parrot Crossbills 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in ash trees by level crossing at midday. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 11.35am from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Glaucous Gull imm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton near groyne.47 +Shag
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills still 9.12am 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in ash by level crossing. Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Garganey drk still 2mls WNW of Bintree on flood by Bintree Mill
Norfolk 14.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren (+Lesser Spotted Woodpecker still). Use car park +keep to paths
Norfolk Short-eared Owl midway betwen Acle +Billockby over marsh just west of A1064 at 8.10am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Cockley Cley
Norfolk 4+Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island still viewed from mound in Waveney Forest in a'noon