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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

Friday 31st August 2018

On the sea today 25 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe and 4 Arctic Skuas were recorded. Two Red Kites and 24 Buzzards were over the grazing marshes late morning and a Great White Egret was also seen. A single Spoonbill, 8 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Common Sandpipers, a Tawny Owl, a Hobby hawking over the Broadwater, and 3 Yellow Wagtails were also of interest.

A Pale Eggar moth was unusual in the moth trap and a good selection of butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Copper.

Pale Eggar from the Observatory traps

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Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still this a'noon Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+2.Curlew Sands 4.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Little Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in North Section
Norfolk possible Honey Buzzard Cawston Heath at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still mid morning Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Cattle Egret Breydon Water at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes by 9am
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 9.05am
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point still in plantation
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Cantley beet factory still +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy flew west over saltmarsh again 6.55am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 6.15am