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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

Thursday 31st January 2019

On the sea today 9 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, and 4 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. At least 4 Barn Owls were hunting and 14 Twite and 2 Rock Pipits were still in Thornham Harbour. Two Bearded Tits were in the reeds near the Broadwater.

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Norfolk 76.Snow Buntings y'day Cley by beach car park
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret Downham Market in relief channel near mill at 2.25pm
Norfolk/Suffolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still 2.35pm at Santon Warren just north of River Little Ouse +west of bridge
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey viewed east from road 500yds south of windmill at c2.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton still by sea wall at north end of grazing marsh c2pm +Short-eared Owl still +Bittern
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still 1.39pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk 1+Snow Bunting Cley still on beach
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Horsey in field between Fords Farm +coast path
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w on Tuesday still Blakeney
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still by road with sheep at 12.23pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Norton still 11.20am
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 11.09am
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton North Dunes still on beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still just west of north end of East Bank on beach at 10.55am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still 10.24am at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk/Suffolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren just north of River Little Ouse +west of bridge
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 9.19am