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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.

Saturday 24th October 2015

Rain moved in again today with the highlight being a superb Rough-legged Buzzard west just south of the Broadwater, and a ring-tail Hen Harrier passing some time later. A Barn and Short-eared Owl were hunting and a Cetti's Warbler was trapped and ringed. Other birds of note included Grey Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipits, 9 Bramblings, and 8 Siskins. A Pearly Underwing moth was in the trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Siberian Stonechat Caister-on-Sea this a/noon on E/side of the golf course, access through dunes 400m S/of lifeboat station NR30 5HB TG5271
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Bluethroat Happisburgh in beet field NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this evng. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard w/over Titchwell RSPB at 08:10 + Short-eared Owl & 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile American Golden Plover Breydon Water at 15:10 on mud opposite rugby pitch then flew off NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey mid a/noon S/of Nelson Head Track NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Horsey at Hoswick NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hardley at Hardley Mill then flew to poplars at 14:55 TM381997
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Breydon Water on North Marsh + 4 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard NW/over Scratby
> Norfolk Bluethroat Happisburgh in beet field + Dartford Warbler NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at end of Nelson Head track early a/noon. NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Staithe but distant
> Norfolk No Further Sign of American Golden Plover Breydon Water or pacific golden plover near bridge late mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Bluethroat Happisburgh NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB showing well from Fen Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT at 10:40 in Eye Field + 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard w/over Thornham PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard W/past Holme NOA at 09:47 TF717450
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR this mrng then flew to wood. NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Spoonbill W/of Waveney River Centre this mrng.