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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 26th May 2018

A female Red-backed Shrike was again at the west end of the NWT reserve showing well at times. Also of interest were a Short-eared Owl hunting lavender marsh, a Spoonbill flying west from Thornham, a Turtle Dove in the dunes, and a Red Kite over the grazing marsh.

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak and Wall Brown. In the moth traps a Poplar Hawk, Small Elephant Hawk and a Buff Tip were of note.





Turtle Dove, Red-backed Shrike, Common Blue and Spotted Flycatcher by Gary Elton

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Norfolk Serin male singing Sheringham at Beeston Bump in bush near pit at 2.35pm
Norfolk 2.Black Terns 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Garganey still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 3/4ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still this a'noon Holme Dunes NWT just west of boardwalk (+2.Turtle Doves)
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still 1.05pm Blakeney Point c1/2ml west of beach car park in 1st fenced area tho elusive (+male.Black Redstart still)
Norfolk 2.Icterine Warblers (both singing) Blakeney Point in plantation this a'noon
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still midday 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool east of sea wall near junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Icterine Warbler singing still 11.55am Blakeney Point in plantation tho elusive
Norfolk Wood Sand between Burnham Deepdale +Burnham Norton on pool by sea wall cTF.819.451
Norfolk Garganey drk Burnham Deepdale on largest pool on marsh from sea wall
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still 9.40am Blakeney Point c1/2ml west of beach car park in 1st fenced area then flew west
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 9.40am 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool east of sea wall near junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Icterine Warbler singing still Blakeney Point in plantation mid morning
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still 8.55am Holme Dunes NWT on west side of Forestry near boardwalk
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NWT still
Norfolk again no sign of Greenish Warbler Titchwell RSPB by 8.05am
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Stiffkey still 7.30am on flood south of A149
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 7.50am 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool east of sea wall near junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Short-toed Lark still Blakeney Point c1ml west of beach car park near blue boat at 7.45am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still Holme Dunes NWT on west side of Forestry near boardwalk at 7.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey flew east over Camping Hill at 6.25am NR23 1QL
Norfolk Garganey drk y'day Wells just west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh viewed from path in evng
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Holme Dunes
Norfolk Serin y'day Heacham flew north over South Beach at 7pm
Norfolk BEE-EATER still Limpenhoe in poplar by road SE of village hall till c6am but no sign since
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool east of sea wall near junction of paths at 6.25am. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF