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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 Wednesday 17th July 2019

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Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh late a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse Heath
Norfolk Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB
Norfolk no sign of ad.Little Stint Titchwell RSPB this a'noon but 15.Spoonbills 5.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 3.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Warham on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool this morning +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Turtle Dove East Dereham still at Harpers Green at Harpers Green Farm
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets (all ads) Burnham Overy still 12.50pm on saltmarsh viewed from 1st bench on sea wall towards dunes
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Felbrigg Hall NT still at lake
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets (all ads) Burnham Overy still on saltmarsh viewed from 1st bench on sea wall towards dunes at 10.29am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Titchwell RSPB flew south over InFocus at 5pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv y'day Cley NWT on Pat's Pool in a'noon +Spotted Redshank ad.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk Little Stint ad still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks still