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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

Thursday 16th August 2018

A day dominated by rain, clearing in the afternoon. Three Spoonbills were between Broadwater and Thornham Harbour during the day, 6+ Whimbrel flew over and 40+ Curlew came in over the marsh. A Hobby was hunting east of the Observatory, and hirundines were moving with 40+ Swallows, a Sand Martin and 2 House Martins of interest. Around the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, and a Sedge Warbler were noted, and a single Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail passed overhead.

A good selection of moths included Garden Tiger, Drinker, Yellow Tail, Dark Sword-grass, Yellow Shell, Fern and White Point.

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Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 1.09pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke then flew NNE TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.50pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk Spotted Crake ad still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.33pm. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 1,374+Med Gulls y'day Hemsby
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.18pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still late morning in stubble field near church
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 11.30am on beach then flew west
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew north over Simmonds' Scrape at 11.17am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Sheringham at 10.23am
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.50am on beach
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.35am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby still 10.09am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby on beach at 9.43am
Norfolk White Stork Winterton flew south over at 9.12am
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still