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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.

Friday 8th April 2016

A sunny day with light winds. At least 8 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marsh and 1200 Common Scoters were offshore. 2 Red Kites drifted over, and a kettle of 6 Buzzards was over the village late morning. 41 Avocets and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were of note, and 4 Sandwich Terns were passing out to sea. A Barn Owl and a Peregrine were also of interest. 3 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a Redstart, 3 Wheatears, a Brambling and 2 Siskins were other species of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB near Tower Hide between 16:05 & 16:35 but elusive NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk White Stork E/of King's Lynn over Pott Row
> Norfolk Common Crane W/of Terrington St.Clement 1/2ml E/of Walpole Cross Keys in field S/of A47 mid a/noon
> Norfolk White Stork Brancaster circling over Gypsy Lane at 13:08 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk 6 Common Crane between Winterton North Dunes & Horsey this mrng + Ringtail Hen Harrier NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes NWT in horse paddock just W/of Firs + Black Redstart & White Wagtail
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach late mrng at S/end of chalets PE31 7AX TF663376
> Norfolk Adult Summer Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad at S/end TG462139
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Horsey Mill this mrng
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on E/side of track between station & hide NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes NWT in horse paddock just W/of Firs + Black Redstart & White Wagtail
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel Heacham South Beach late mrng at S/end of chalets PE31 7AX TF663376
> Norfolk Adult Summer Red-necked Grebe Ormesby Little Broad at S/end TG462139
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Horsey Mill this mrng
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on E/side of track between station & hide NR13 4HW TG351056