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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 20th August 2018

The Wood Sandpiper was still on the NWT pools with 2 Green Sandpipers and 7 + Common Sandpipers around the Broadwater and a Greenshank over calling. A Cetti's Warbler and 3 Stonechats were along the east bank and 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling, with 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, 13 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 10 Reed Warblers and 7 Goldfinches ringed during the day.

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Norfolk again no sign of ad.White-rumped Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. Use c'pk at Lathams +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT. Garganey from Lyle Hide
Norfolk 18.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 2.Dotterel (both ads) near Felmingham in field at 9am then flew south
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Berney Marshes at Berney Arms at 3pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret still 9.30am Breydon Water by South Wall near pump house tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy Staithe
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank. 7.Spoonbills on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water by South Wall on marsh between Burgh Castle +pump house