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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 13th January 2016

Highlights today were 2 Greenshanks near Gore Point, a Woodcock over the Observatory, 3 Snipe from the Car Park Hide, at least 1 Barn Owl hunting, the Shorelark were again at Thornham Point but mobile, a Cetti's Warbler was calling from near the Obs, 3 Stonechats were along the coastal footpath, and 28 Twite again at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 09:45 showing well at Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Hillington at 08:25 S/of A148 between here & Harpley as viewed from layby
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham e/of B1153 off Abbey Road over Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull East Winch on field by riding stables at 11:30
> Norfolk 14 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT off Old Womans Lane late a/noon + 3000 Pink-footed Goose & 7 White-fronted Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster in pines by B1153 opposite Field House Farm then flew/W PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Pines at 12:49 on pools at W/end as viewed from A149
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth on roofs near Beaconsfield football pitches NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB + 2 Snow Bunting on the beach TF650328
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NWT at 11:15 by Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk No Sign of Cattle Egret East Walton in donkey paddock along Church Lane by Abbey Farm
> Norfolk Little Auk W/past Sheringham at 09:10 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth on Beaconsfield football pitches NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Blakeney Harbour this mrng TG028441
> Norfolk 3 Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor briefly in a garden at 14:30 NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk 18 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Holkham Gap on beach e/of gap
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 28 Twite Thornham Harbour in the harbour TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Nunnery Lakes at 13:45 IP24 2YW TL873822
> Norfolk 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Horsey S/of Horsey Mill NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 16 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR north of beach car park NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Weybourne at pumping station on west side of Beach Lane 250m north of A149 NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Waxwing Trimingham E/mid mrng + Bonxie offshore NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle PE35 6EJ TF672278