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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

Sunday 29th July 2018

A Wood Sandpiper was showing well at the NWT hides with 5 Green and one Common Sandpiper also noted.

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Norfolk 8,542.Swifts flew south past Hemsby 5.50-7.20am
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 1.07pm 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB on The Wash just north of jetty +showing well. Use car park off Beach Road then walk south TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both ads) Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still this a'noon 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB on mud by jetty +showing well. Use car park off Beach Road then walk south TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 11.31am 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB on mud by jetty. Use car park off Beach Road TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 10.31am 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB from 1st hide near jetty +showing well. Use car park off Beach Road TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 10.10am 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB from 1st hide near jetty +showing well. Use car park off Beach Road TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT at 9am +2.Garganey
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad still 9.18am 3mls SW of Snettisham at Snettisham RSPB from 1st hide near jetty +showing well. Use car park off Beach Road TF.648.312 PE31 7RA
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SAND ad Snettisham RSPB from 1st hide near jetty at 8.56am +showing well
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool (+7.Spoonbills 7.Curlew Sands Little Stint Little Gull) PE31 8BB
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE