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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 25th August 2018

Seawatching highlights were 21 Common Scoters, 6 Fulmars, 16 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 9 Little Terns, 77 Sandwich Terns, 12 Common Terns, a Med Gull and a Short-eared Owl in off the sea. Also of interest today were 4 Spoonbills on the Broadwater, 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 8 Reed Warblers, 2 Whinchats along the sea wall to Thornham, 2 Stonechats, and 2 Siskins with the Goldfinch flock in the pines.

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Red Admiral and Common Blue. A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia.

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Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Honey Buzzard dark morph flew north over Cantley at 2pm
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide this a'noon. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2w +Polish-ringed juv) Cromer still on beach
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 12.25pm at SW end on South Wall Marshes
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at SW end on South Wall Marshes early morning