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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 3rd April 2016

A good day with plenty of visual migration. Highlights were a Bar-headed Goose and 14 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh with Greylags, a Red Kite, 8 Marsh Harriers, 3 Sparrowhawks and 2 Buzzards, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Terns offshore, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, a Firecrest around the back of the pines which showed well at times, 6+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2+ Blackcaps, 3 Wheatears, 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Pied Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails, a male Brambling, 9+ Redpolls, and 20 Siskins.

At Walsey there was no sign of the Firecrest today which had seemingly moved on, otherwise birds remained much the same around the reserve with up to 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing and good numbers of Chiffchaff singing and feeding up around the site. Elsewhere at least 2 Siskin were in the pines, a single Swallow flew through low to the east and a Little Ringed Plover flew north towards Cley Marshes over the Hangs mid-morning. A fairly steady westward passage of Meadow Pipits was noted to the south of the reserve throughout the morning.

One of several newly arrived Willow Warblers actively feeding at the reserve entrance - Walsey Hills, April 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Fen Hide briefly at 15:15 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Fen Hide but mobile NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB late mrng NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk White Stork Great Yarmouth on A47 roosting on top of telegraph post 3.2km W/of Great Yarmouth this evng NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwood Washes + 3 Garganey IP26 4LQ TL727882
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at NT gate by bend in sea wall
> Norfolk Spoonbill Sheringham flew W/ this mrng NR26 8BQ TG159435