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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

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Three Spoonbills were on the Broadwater early morning, along with a Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. A single Swift flew west over the Obs and a Short-eared Owl was again noted over the grazing marsh and dunes. Two Arctic Skuas were also seen out over the sea.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk 4.Caspian Gulls (all juvs) Cromer off pier this a'noon
Norfolk 17.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black Terns (both juvs) Rollesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Purple Heron 1ml NW of Ludham at How Hill NR from Crome's Broad Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes (+Great White Egret still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Weybourne offshore at c8.10am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still 10.15am at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in 2nd field with cattle
Norfolk possible Long-tailed Skua juv flew west past Cley at 9.30am (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at South Wall near pumphouse at 7.30am (+juv.Black Tern)