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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

Sunday 16th September 2018

Seawatching today produced 35 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 2 Arctic Skuas, a Guillemot, 55 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Terns passing offshore. Also of note were a Spoonbill in front of the Car Park Hide mid morning, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshank and 2 Snipe over the Broadwater, and 96 Pink-feet. Fifteen Teal and 6 Wigeon were also noted, with a Spotted Flycatcher reported in the pines behind the Observatory.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late a'noon +2.Spoonbills flew west
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv still 2.15pm Welney WWT flew south past main hide
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes' Marsh at 12.34pm
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Spoted Redshank. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.30am
Norfolk hybrid Pallid x Hen Harrier juv Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well (for 4th day; not Montagu's Harrier) [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier juv still Welney WWT from main hide at 11.06am +showing well
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water still at South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew east over Beach Road at 7.40am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 2.Ravens Cockley Cley at 7.55am