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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 30th July 2018

A Wood Sandpiper was again on the NWT pools, together with 4 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. On the sea 44 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, 5 Gannets, 14 Little Terns, 21 Sandwich Terns, and 5 Common Terns were noted on the sea, with a juvenile Med Gull on the beach. A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a juvenile Stonechat were of note around the reserve.

A Webb's Wainscot was the highlight in the moth trap, with 95 Common Rustics and 50 Turnips also recorded.

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Norfolk 26.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +14.Curlew Sands Little Gulls 6.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 12.30pm 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB on The Wash just north of jetty. Use car park off Beach Road then walk south TF.647.313 PE31 7RA
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad again 11.24am 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB on The Wash just north of jetty. Use car park off Beach Road then walk south TF.647.313 PE31 7RA
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 7.30am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench midway along dirt road (+Spoonbill). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.41am
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sand Snettisham RSPB by 10.20am but probable 1s.Roseate Tern (+Black Tern 2.Arctic Terns (ad +1s) 15.Curlew Sands 2.Little Stints 10.Spotted Redshanks). Use c'pk off Beach Rd then walk S TF.647.313 PE31 7RA
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.03am +Wood Sand
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad Titchwell RSPB still (+21.Spoonbills 14.Curlew Sands 5.Spotted Redshanks) PE31 8BB
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB tho elusive (+Little Stint 2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks). Use car park off Beach Road then walk south TF.647.313 PE31 7RA
Norfolk 2.Sandwich Terns 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham flew east over Potter Heigham Marshes at 6.10am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spotted Crake 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench midway along dirt road at 5.40am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE