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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.

Wednesday 11th November 2015

An early sea watching session produced 15 Great-crested Grebes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Gannets, 4 Red-throated Divers, 4 Guillemots, 2 Little Auks and a Slavonian Grebe. A Merlin was watched arriving over the sea pausing briefly on the beach to rest, with two more (a pair) seen later in the morning over the grazing marsh. A juv Hen Harrier was again around the Broadwater area, an adult Med Gull flew east along the dunes and at least three Stonechats were noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB + Ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Water Pipit, 4 Spotted Redshank & Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cromer on beach between here and East Runton NR27 9HE TG219423
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen for 3rd day PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew towards Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 7 Hen Harrier Warham Greens + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Horsey at least 6 on the beach from the seal-watching point early a/noon NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA over the marsh late a/noon TF717450
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT + Sandwich Tern NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Thornham PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water RSPB at midday NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Hen Harrier Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Osprey E/past Cley NWT distantly offshore at 08:50 NR25 7SA TG049441