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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 2nd August 2018

On the sea today 16 Common Scoters, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmars, 56 Little Terns, 32 Sandwich Terns and 9 Common Terns were recorded. A juvenile Stonechat was on the reserve and a Greenshank flew over calling. On the NWT pools at least 3 Green Sandpipers, a Wood and a Common Sandpiper were recorded, and a Barn Owl was hunting the grazing marsh.

Moths included 7 Garden Tigers, a Silky Wainscot, a Poplar Hawk Moth, and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia outside the Obs.

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Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Cley NWT +7.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section west of 1st chapel early a'noon
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from 2nd bench at 10.56am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section just east of 1st chapel
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 1s still Titchwell RSPB at c10am (+12.Spoonbills still) PE31 8BB
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water flew up River Yare at 8am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis till 6.40am Titchwell RSPB then flew east towards saltmarsh +no further sign by 7.20am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh then flew to Tidal Pool (+3+Spoonbills still)