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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 Tuesday 1st October 2019

Two Greenshank and a Great White Egret were noted on the Broadwater and two flocks of Snipe numbering 37 birds were also seen flying over during the morning. On the sea there were counts of 178 Brent Geese, 45 Gannets, 29 Pintail, five Red-throated Divers, seven Arctic Skuas, three Manx Shearwater and three Bonxies.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 2.05pm near junction of Meadow Trail +path to Fen Hide
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still 1.45pm on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Firecrest Wells Woods between car park +2nd right-angle bend at 11.45am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Happisburgh on sea
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood at west end [heard only]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham still 11.45am at north end of Waxham Sands Holiday Park in scrub with tit flock viewed from coast path tho mobile
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still east of bend in sea wall
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still mid morning by Fen Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens still in copse at north end of Garden Drove
Norfolk Turtle Dove Waxham
Norfolk 3.Ruddy Shelducks Runham just east of council offices in stubble field with 76.Egyptian Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still at east end of car park in apple trees