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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.

Sunday 29th November 2015

A very blustery day with heavy rain in the afternoon. Seawatching was good with a Long-tailed Duck, 840 Common Scoters, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Razorbill and 3 Guillemots of note. Also seen today were a Peregrine a ring-tail Hen Harrier 3 Shorelark at Thornham Point, a single Snow Bunting and 24 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB S/of South Pits this a/noon. TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 10:00 on fence S/of pits TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB on post S/of pits mid mrng TF650328
> Norfolk Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB S/of hides over marsh TF650328
> Norfolk 20 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + Water Pipit NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham on the beach this a/noon + Hen Harrier, 2 Velvet Scoter & 27 Twite PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 flew/E over main track PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT just E/of West Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 4 Common Crane Acle Bridge at 13:30 NR13 3AS TG413116
> Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB at 12:40 TG378039
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse over beach at 10:45 NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Little Auk E/past Sheringham at 10:30 + Bonxie NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Glaucous Gull Snettisham RSPB at 10:40 past hide at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham at 10:37 on beach at end of track from Holme PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Snettisham RSPB TF650328
> Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Santon Warren on rough ground near the church
> Norfolk 6 Twite Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + Long-tailed Duck & Slavonian Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham near Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Waxwing Santon at Santon Warren this mrng W/of level crossing by gate