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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 6th March 2016

Highlights today were a Peregrine over the Obs, a Barn Owl hunting on the south side of the grazing marsh, and over 400 Golden Plover dropping in. On the reserve a small group of thrushes included 10 Blackbirds, a Redwing, a Fieldfare and 2 Song Thrushes.
Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 16:00 E/of Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves at 14:30 TL815900
> Norfolk Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB at 15:00 NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB at 14:15 on freshmarsh briefly PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Santon Warren near railway IP27 0TS TL833873
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Breydon Water until 07:20 + Male Hen Harrier & 3 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 8 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh by NT Gate near bend in sea wall
> Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh
> Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water 08:10 at the NE/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Waveney Forest late a/noon + 3 Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Holkham Freshmarsh at 16:00 from A149 NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 6 Bewick's Swan Halvergate Marshes
> Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddock this a/noon IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 16 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 9 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth at North Denes on beach then flew/N
> Norfolk 14 Snow Bunting Cley NWT late mrng on beach N/of Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad late mrng at W/end but distant NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk Great Northern Diver Blakeney Harbour off Far Point TG028441
> Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in the paddock at 08:00 + 10 Crossbill IP26 5HW TL822943