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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

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Highlights today included two Spoonbills, two Green Sandpipers and single Garganey and Greenshank. A short sea-watch produced counts of 37 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet and a single Red-throated Diver.

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Norfolk Dartford Wblr Blakeney Point in plantation this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron Gorleston flew east over A47 near JPH at 3.50pm then flew out to sea
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB landed near Fen Hide at 3.45pm
Norfolk Pied Fly 1ml east of CLey +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in blackthorn by centre at 2.17pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Lyng flew east over meadows at 10.03am
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes y'day flew over Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Black Tern juv Weybourne offshore at 8am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank