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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 20th May 2016

The Short-eared Owl was the star of the show again today, with 3+ Turtle Doves and 2 Cuckoos, a Hobby and a Lesser Whitethroat the best of the rest. Just 2 moths were caught with a Poplar Hawk and a Green Carpet in the traps.

Short-eared Owl - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016 © Brian Carthy

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Glossy Ibis Wells Woods flew high over the pine woods heading E/this evng NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Male Montagu's Harrier Wymondham flew over Norwich Road towards Mulbarton TQ112013 TQ112013
> Norfolk Hoopoe Reported Thetford at Elvedon Center Parcs today IP24 2EP TL873826
> Norfolk Dotterel Choseley Drying Barns E/of Thornham - Choseley Farm Road mid-a/noon PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Harrier sp. flew W/over Kelling Heath at 14:30 TG102419
> Norfolk 5 Immature Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB distantly viewed from Burgh Castle NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field W/of bend in the road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake this evng NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water hunting S/wall this evng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA + 3 Turtle Dove TF717450
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Late News Yesterday Norfolk 5 Immature Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB in the evng + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053