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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 7th August 2019

A recently fledged Cuckoo was a surprise find along the approach road early morning. A Greenshank was on the NWT reserve and five Wigeon and a Pink-footed Goose on the Broadwater gave an early taste of things to come.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER ad still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash late morning (+3.Curlew Sands Spoonbill)
Norfolk 37.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen this a'noon
Norfolk 9.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spoonbill again. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 12.37pm +9.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Dunes still with cattle by path at 10.51am
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 10.Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape from Avocet Hide at 7.10am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +10.Spoonbills Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +5.Spoonbills on beach