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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 1st July 2016

On the sea today 150 Common Scoters, 3 Gannets, 10 Little Terns and 67 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Greenshank was in Thornham Harbour and 2 Buzzards were circling over the ridge. Two juvenile Stonechats were near the NOA car park early afternoon, 6 Spoonbills (5 flying west and another on the marsh), and 2 Hobbies were also seen.

Butterflies included Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper, while in the moth traps a Buff Arches, Red-necked Footman and a Coxcomb Prominent were of interest.

Young Stonechat - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016 © Ray Roche

Buff Arches - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Holme Dunes NWT at 18:00 on beach 1/2ml W/Gore Point PE36 6LQ TF693440
Norfolk Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB till mid a/noon on freshmarsh then flew W/towards Holme + 2 Little Gull PE31 8EB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT viewable from visitor centre NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Spoonbill over Titchwell RSPB early mrng PE31 8BB TF759436