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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 19th August 2018

A blustery day with showers in the afternoon, seawatching produced 19 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Little Terns, 81 Sandwich Terns, and 18 Common Terns. On the NWT pools a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpipers, and a Wood Sandpiper were of note, with 10 Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Snipe also seen around the reserves. A Yellow Wagtail flew over calling.

A Frosted Orange, a Fern, Small Waved Umber, White-lined Dart, White Point, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Brimstone, and Archer's Dart were among the moth catch and a wind-swept Brown Argus and Small Heath were around the reserve.

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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.11pm
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad still 2.33pm
Norfolk 31.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen at 1.56pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad at 11am
Norfolk no sign of Spotted Crake y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in evng (but 2.juv.Spotted Redshanks). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both ads) Cley flew west past beach car park at 8.15am
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 3.Spotted Redshanks on Volunteer Marsh. 3.Spoonbills on beach