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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 4th August 2018

A Pied Flycatcher was in the Pines early morning and a re-trapped Stonechat was found to be wearing colour rings, with further enquiries revealing it was ringed as a nestling at Dersingham Bog earlier this year. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were on the Buddleias and Dark Green Fritillaries were on the wing in the dunes.

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Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes mid a'noon +Wood Sand still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Spotted Crakes (ad +juv) still mid a'noon Potter Heigham Marshes: ad.from The Holt, juv.from bench midway along track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from 2nd bench along track mid a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Purple Heron juv reported recently near Hickling
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh Common at Manor Farm at 9am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 1s still 1pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+12.Spoonbills 3.Curlew Sands 3.Spotted Redshanks) PE31 8BB
Norfolk Spotted Crake 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again briefly at Potter Heigham Marshes c100yds north of The Holt at 11.15am (+Wood Sand +2.Cranes flew over). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Wood Sand Burnham Norton
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide
Norfolk reported probable Buff-breasted Sand Cley NWT is a Knot
Norfolk probable Buff-breasted Sand Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret flew NNE over Snettisham Coastal Park at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape +2.Spoonbills Spotted Redshan
Norfolk Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Titchwell RSPB still +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 1s still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 7.35am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Dunes +Spoonbill flew over