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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 4th September 2018

A much quieter day, with a Spotted flycatcher and a Tawny Owl the best birds seen around the reserve. The sea produced a bit more, with counts of 138 Gannets, 96 Common Scoter, 56 Sandwich Terns, 15 Artic Terns, 8 Arctic Skuas and a single Red-throated Diver. A Humming-bird Hawkmoth is still frequenting the Buddliea in front of the Obs building.

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Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew west past coastguards at 3.52pm
Norfolk Dartford Wblr y'day Blakeney Point still in plantation +3+Pied Flys
Norfolk Wryneck Cley NWT in brambles between A149 +Babcock Hide mid a'noon then flew south over A149
Norfolk no further sign of Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Cley NWT in ditch by footpath +A149 north of visitor centre by mid a'noon
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua Cley flew past beach car park at 2.25pm +ad.Pom Skua
Norfolk no sign of Wryneck Winterton North Dunes by fence on east side of large double pool just south of concrete block
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods this morning +Redstart
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Scolt Head Island
Norfolk Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Cley NWT in ditch by footpath +A149 north of visitor centre this a'noon
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew past Sheringham 8.50-11.30am (+2.Puffins)
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv pale morph Cley flew east past beach car park at 11.02am tho distant
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 11.20am
Norfolk Cattle Egret ad Breydon Water still at SW end at Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes
Norfolk Pom Skua imm Cley flew east past beach car park at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv still Titchwell RSPB on south side of freshmarsh near reeds.