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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 12th August 2016

A beautiful summer day with a strong westerly breeze, highlights today were 5 Golden Plover west over the grazing marshes, 2 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater, 9 Black-tailed Godwits flying east, 2 Greenshank flying west calling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker around the pines, and a juvenile Wheatear along the sea wall near Thornham Harbour.

Moths were in modest numbers today but highlights were a Water Veneer, Silver Y, Garden Tiger and a Black-tipped Ermine. Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Skipper, Brown Argus and Wall Brown were among the butterflies recorded on site.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB at 16:00 from Shore Hide + 12 Spotted Redshank TF650328
Norfolk Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope Snettisham RSPB late mrng from Shore Hide TF650328 Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper 1.5mls E/of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Brancaster Staithe on saltmarsh then flew W/ PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 12 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Quail Hickling flew over The Greyhound Pub at 2:26, heard only NR12 0BW TG429221 Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in dunes PE31 8BB TF759436