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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 Saturday 20th July 2019

On the sea today 15 Common Scoters, 1 Gannet, 210 Sandwich Terns, and 6 Common Terns were seen. Also of interest were a Spoonbill, and 64 Black-tailed Godwits.

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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still 3.13pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Curlew Sand)
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still mid a'noon Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this morning 2w.Little Gull
Norfolk Scaup Snettisham RSPB this morning +7.Spoonbills 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.55am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 11.10am Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of pumping station +showing well TG.486.063
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump at 10.45am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Cley NWT from Babcock Hide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water off South Wall by mid morning
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB on beach near causeway between southern pits mid morning
Norfolk 16.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk no sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk no news on Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB. 2.Spotted Redshanks Buckenham Marshes RSPB