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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Thursday 21st May 2015

A seawatch produced 1 Fulmar, 24 Little Terns, 103 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns. 2 Turtle Doves flew across the road near the saltings and a Cuckoo was near the Observatory. There was no further sign of the White-fronted Geese, but a Pink-footed Goose and a single Wheatear were still on the grazing marsh. In the evening a Black Stork was seen passing over pines and along the beach, before heading inland towards Old Hunstanton.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Probable Little Bittern Snettisham Coastal Park singing 1/2ml N/of Beach Road by inner seawall in reeds by large gorse patch 18:00-18:45 - heard only TF648335
> Norfolk 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull 17:05 Breydon Water by South Wall opp windpump then flew twds Burgh Castle & no further sign NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Black Stork Ringstead Downs by 19:50
> Norfolk No Sign of 1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull Breydon Water this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Black Stork 18:40 SW/of Old Hunstanton Park over Ringstead Downs viewable from hilltop btw Ringstead & Sedgeford then lost to view
> Norfolk Black Stork over Scolt Head Island NNR this a/noon PE31 8DS TF821459
> Norfolk Possible 2nd Summer Audouin's Gull Gorleston-on-Sea south of pier off Gorleston Cliffs 09:00-09:12 tho distant, then flew N/ NR31 6PL
> Norfolk Black Kite Wells 09:31 flew S/ over Church Street
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper early evng Cley NWT E/of East Bank on the Serpentine + Little Stint & Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Cley NWT on Pope's Pool this mrng but Pectoral Sandpiper & Spoonbill NR25 7SA
> Norfolk 16 Dotterel 1.5ml SW/of Titchwell E/of Choseley Drying Barns in fields to NE/ early mrng. Park at barns & walk E/along path to view north PE31 8PQ
> Norfolk No Sign of Red-necked Phalarope Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early mrng PE31 8BB