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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

Monday 7th May 2018

Highlights today were a single Greenland Wheatear still on the east bank, 2 Spoonbills in front of the Car Park Hide, 7 Little Terns and 64 Sandwich Terns passing offshore, 2 Turtle Doves in the car park area, a Cuckoo on the reserve, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers were also recorded.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, and Orange Tip, while in the moth traps Dwarf Pug, Ruby Tiger, Pale Prominent and Narrow-winged Pug were of interest.

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Norfolk Firecrest Gramborough Hill mid a'noon
Norfolk no news on Short-toed Lark Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low since 8.50am cTF.000.464
Norfolk 3.Wrynecks reported Dersingham Bog NNR at 11.50am. From car park follow trail left from gate for 50yds
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh then flew west +1s.Little Gull
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both fem) south of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford till 11.06am over Keswick Close then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Cringleford circling over Keswick Close at 11.03am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew still 10.52am over south end of Thunder Lane then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew over south end of Thunder Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Winterton North Dunes still +Hooded Crow
Norfolk Turtle Dove Seething at 9am
Norfolk no further sign of Wood Wblr Norwich at Mousehold Heath by 10.20am
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still Blakeney Point on Great Sandy Low at 8.50am TG.000.464
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Little Gulls (ad +1s). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Acle by A47
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still 8.30am c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Wood Wblr male still Norwich at Mousehold Heath near golf club entrance
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank at 8.15am (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 2.Dotterels still c1ml north of Docking west of Choseley Farm road viewed from layby with dead hedge cTF.757.390
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Darlow's Farm
Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at Fen Hide
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Lakenheath Fen RSPB still