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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 14th September 2019

A sunny warm day with light winds, 9 Little and a single Great White Egret were recorded, with a single Spoonbill flying west. Raptors included 2 Red Kites, 2 Hobbies and a juvenile Peregrine. On the Broadwater 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Greenshank were of note, and a Med Gull was with Black-headed Gulls hawking insects over the grazing marsh. A Barn Owl was hunting on the NWT reserve and a Tawny Owl was heard at the Obs, with Grey and Pied Wagtails over calling. Ringing produced 66 birds and a notable movement of Blackcaps with 19 caught during the morning, as well as 10 Meadow Pipits, 9 Blue Tits, and 2 Lesser Whitethroats among the catch.

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Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still 3.15pm by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle by main footpath north of car park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Caister still by golf course fence c400yds south of RNLI car park near burnt gorse
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still with cattle west of main footpath north of car park from 2nd gate
Norfolk 30+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