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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 31st October 2015

Highlights today were another Water Pipit trapped and ringed, a Ring Ouzel skulking near the Broadwater all day, and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier through east. Also of note were Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Barn Owl hunting, 3 Blackcaps, a Fieldfare ringed, 2 Redpolls, 10 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting over the east bank.



Top to bottom; Continental Blackbird, Fieldfare and Water Pipit - Holme Bird Obs, 31st October 2015 © Dave Nurney

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB flew/W along main channel at 16:20 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water RSPB on lumps at E/end + Ringtail Hen Harrier NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy at 10:15 PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham in bare field to E/of Green Lane at 16:09 PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh Lady Ann's Drive at 15:05 TF884451
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB at 15:15 over brackish marsh towards Thornham PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham over Thornham Marsh this a/noon. PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Holme NOA at E/end of Broadwater + Ring Ouzel near Obs & Water Pipit trapped & ringed TF717450
> Norfolk Little Auk E/past Sheringham mid mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton Dunes NNR at 07:20 on seaward side of Openreach building then flew to village NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide this mrng TF884451
> Norfolk Firecrest Kelling this mrng + Short-eared Owl flew through & 2 Bonxie NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk White-fronted Goose Breydon Water at 15:35 + JUV American Golden Plover at 13:45 on North Bank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Male Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost this evng + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 3 Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water RSPB from N/wall this a/noon. NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Cley NWT E/of East Bank from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes NNR near fence c.1.6km from car park NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Fersfield at 14:00 hunting at airfield
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Holkham Pines at 14:35 viewable from Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea in off sea at dunes this mrng NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk 14 Twite Titchwell RSPB on drained freshmarsh pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Gramborough Hill in off the sea at 11:00 NR25 7XW TG085441
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Black Redstart Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham on roof of lodge at entrance to St. Withburga Church NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 4 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water RSPB at E/end + Bewick's Swan flew/SW at 09:35 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl West Runton