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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

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 19th July 2019

Seawatching today produced 8 Common Scoters, 4 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and over 300 Sandwich Terns on the beach, and 3 juvenile Med Gulls also seen. A flock of 190 Black-tailed Godwits was on the Broadwater.

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Norfolk probable Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 4pm tho distant
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1.5mls WNW of Hevingham flew west over Buxton Heath
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) still
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer still at beach this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again on Lady Fen from visitor centre
Norfolk still no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 8.45am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide at 8.08am +Wood Sand
Norfolk Black Tern flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +3.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump by 6.41am