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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 Thursday 18th July 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer by pier this evng
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this evng
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 9pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 8.10pm Breydon Water by South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still c7.30pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station then flew to field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again 6.35pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station with 4.Golden Plovers
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Sheringham early evng
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by late a'noon
Norfolk 4+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.45pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew west over Arnold's Marsh at 1.10pm
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide mid morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon +ad.Spoonbill
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +Black Tern
Norfolk 23.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 11.04am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 9.58am +2.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Garganey Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Emperor butterfly y'day Foxley
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad till 7.25am Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump then flew NW
Norfolk repeat: PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump at 7am then flew off on flowing tide
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at 7am on flowing tide tho mobile