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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 13th December 2015

A major improvement in the weather caused the local wildlife to breathe a sigh of relief! Highlights today were 2500 Common Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, and 14 Great Crested Grebes on the sea, a ring-tail Hen Harrier heading east towards Titchwell, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Merlin, Peregrine, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats, a Rock Pipit, 15 Twite, 10 Siskins, and 2 Snow Buntings and 3 Shorelarks on the beach.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB in bush S/of Pits TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at midday TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB 11:20 TF650328
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 09:00 S/of pits TF650328
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at dusk E/of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling at 13:15 by Hickling Road just W/of Lound Cottages NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull NNW/of King's Lynn at 15:13 just E/of River Great Ouse by Cross Bank Road at Fisher Fleet showing well PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Common Crane Billockby at 14:50 E/of main road
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT in Eye Field + Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Snettisham RSPB at 12:30 on saltmarsh from S/end + 2 Waxwing TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Common Crane Horsey at Horsey Mill mid mrng NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB + Ringtail Hen Harrier TF650328
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit Holkham Pines flew towards the beach NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NNR 09:35 on shingle bar at E/end of beach
> Norfolk 82 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB TG378039
> Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost. NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT
> Norfolk 59 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Holkham Pines by road NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Stiffkey Fen off Far Point NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 14:00 on road PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Martham Broad on river e/of fishing pools by windmill NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk Drake Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Horsey Mere at 13:00 TG456223
> Norfolk Shag Wells this a/noon. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT from Bishop Hide this mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 22 Bewick's Swan Ludham Airfield + 12 Whooper Swan
> Norfolk 2 Waxwing Snettisham RSPB + Spoonbill TF650328
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Snettisham RSPB offshore at 10:35 TF650328
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 4 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Waxwing over Burnham Market at 08:40 TF823408
> Norfolk Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 08:39 by 'give way' sign PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk 14 Twite Thornham Harbour at 07:50 just W/of the c/p TF728441 TF728441