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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 9th september 2018

Another windy day meant the smaller birds kept their heads down and proved challenging to see with the only real noteworthy ones being single Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail. The larger species were slightly easier to see with a Great White Egret noted several times over the Grazing Marsh, six Greenshanks were on the Lavender Marsh and two Green Sandpipers were on the Broadwater. Offshore there were counts of 125 Sandwich Terns, 97 Gannets and single Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua.

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Norfolk Black Tern juv flew east past Sheringham 6.05-8.45am +Red-necked Grebe on sea
Norfolk Black Redstart midway between Hunstanton +Heacham by beach huts at 12.10pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp 7am-9am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still 12.10pm in plantation
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water over east end at c11.55am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in Plantation
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen late morning. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point still in plantation
Norfolk Barred Warbler 1w Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at start of boardwalk at 10.50am tho elusiv
Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.25am
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler Winterton in South Valley