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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

Friday 1st February 2019

A Spotted Redshank and 14 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 108+Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +13.Common Cranes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Stiffkey still near car park at 2.03pm
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 1.25pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 2.11pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still 2.05pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still 1.30pm in field west of road just south of village sign
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford again on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still flew west over East Bank (+10.Snow Buntings. 4.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads +2.1w) flew east over Old Woman's Lane)
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey flew south past Horsey Mill
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham in field by road near Waxham Barn
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (3w 2w 1w) on Monday Cley
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh on saltmarsh west of New Cut
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still tho distant +5.Scaup (2.drks)
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse at 10.43am
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 10.21am +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 10.35am
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on 2nd pit at 8.09am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day Ringstead flew east south of Burnham Road at 4.30pm