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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 27th September 2019

A flock of 450 Pink-feet were on the marsh and a Great White Egret was seen briefly. At sea 6 Brent Geese, 180 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 12 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns were noted. At least 28 Jays passed inland during the morning and 2 Cetti's Warblers were calling near Redwell Marsh. On the NWT reserve a Green Sandpiper, Snipe and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were of interest.

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Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew east past beach car park late morning
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk 29+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney at Friary Hills NT near caravan park at 8am [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Sheringham flew west along promenade at 9.55am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Reception Hide mid morning