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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.

Thursday 21st July 2016

A cooler day though still very summery nevertheless. Offshore over 500 Sandwich Terns and at least 15 Common Terns were passing, while overhead many Whimbrel were counted, including a single flock of 19 passing west over the dunes mid afternoon.

In the moth traps Privet, Poplar and Pine Hawk moths, 3 Garden Tigers, a Burnished Brass, White Satin Moth and 2 Buff Tips were among 80 species in the traps last night.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB at 10:09 on mud at N/end by old jetty with Dunlin + 3 Little Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper TF650328
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 19:30 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this evng + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Juvenile Spotted Crake Cley NWT on pools left of Simmond's scrape at 18:25 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint & 11 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 10 Spoonbill Cley NWT mid a/noon on North Scrape + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB this a/noon NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066