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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.

Monday 28th December 2015

The Shorelark were seen during the day at Thornham Point and 2+ Barn Owls were hunting. On the sea an adult Gannet and a Red-throated Diver were the highlight. A Cetti's Warbler and 2 Stonechats were near the Observatory building.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 13:20 by B1153 off Abbey Road n/of Abbey Farm showing well from hide PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow Holkham Gap 200m w/of Holkham Gap, flying e/along beach side of pines at 15:10
> Norfolk Shorelark Reported Great Yarmouth at North Denes this mrng
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT at 14:40 on beach at e/end by Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley Marshes NWT on Bull Marsh + 4 Tundra Bean Goose on Cricket Marsh & 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling at 13:00 in field with white cattle by Hickling Road opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NNR at 11:45 1km E/of v/c on beach
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on the freshmarsh TF884451
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet at 11:30 PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk 2 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster at 10:20 over pines w/of B1153 opposite Field House Farm track PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham NNR showing well by A149 100m e/of B1155 junction TF884451
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT on beach at e/end by Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT on grazing marsh between North Scrape & Simmond's Scrape + AD Black Brant NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy on beach at Gun Hill PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 09:00 in hedge c.500m s/of barns then lost to view PE31 8PQ TF757420