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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 23rd August 2018

Highlights today included 30 Golden Plover and 38 Whimbrel passing overhead, on the NWT pools 2 Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper were noted with a Greenshank also flying over calling. A juvenile Cuckoo was on the NOA reserve at the west end of the pines and a Kingfisher was also seen. Passerines included 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, a Stonechat, 3 Whinchats on the corner of the sea wall at Thornham, and 5 Yellow Wagtails with the cattle on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Black Tern juv Rollesby Broad this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 10.55am on gate NNW of Burgh Castle TG.478.057
Norfolk Icterine Wblr 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills tho elusive (+Pied Fly) cTF.925.458
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley off Coastguards at 10.35am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad still Burgh Castle Marshes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water over North Wall Marshes at 9am
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Cley at 8.45am
Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day Cantley beet factory
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks