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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 30th June 2018

Thankyou to everyone who came to see Peter Clarke's memorial plaque unveiled this morning.

A beautiful sunny day with 2 Great White Egrets flying east and a Spoonbill feeding around the Broadwater. Also of interest were a single Stonechat, a Turtle Dove, a Whimbrel, a Med Gull and a Greenshank.

Moths included a Privet Hawk, 4 Rosy Footman, a Barred Yellow, a Shore Wainscot, 2 Rosy Waves, and another Lappet hatched from the obs cocoons.

Please note that the moth trap will be emptied at 2pm at Eastgate Cottage in Holme tomorrow.

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Norfolk Osprey Sculthorpe Moor NR at Oak Fen flew ovef River Wensum at 11.30am
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets still Hickling Broad NWT from hide at 11.30am tho mobile +Hooded Crow
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT from Lyle Hide
Norfolk 2.Honey Buzzards (1.male) 1.5mls SSW of Swanton Novers by Fulmodeston Road from raptor watchpoint 9.30-10.20am (male for 13th day) TG.009.302 NR21 0NG
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich near Moss Bros
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +12.Little Gulls Spotted Redshank