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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

Monday 11th February 2019

A beautiful day, almost like spring! A Red Kite flushed huge flocks of wildfowl and waders on the grazing marsh early afternoon, including 750+ Lapwings, 375 Golden Plovers, 225 Brent Geese, 450 Wigeon, 300 Starlings and 95 Curlew. Also of interest were a Rock Pipit over calling, 18 Ruff were counted and a young male Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed.

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Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Clippesby. Short-eared Owl near river at Black Mill
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose +male Hen Harrier flew west
Norfolk 15+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide +12.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c50.Snow Buntings still. Pale-bellied Brent Goose by Lady Anne's Drive)
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Winterton at Bramble Hill with Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Grimston Warren at 10.17am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach at 9.38am
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham then flew west
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field by lane at 8.51am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham on beach at 8.40am