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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.

Saturday 6th August 2016

A breezy morning gave way to a particularly hot afternoon with birds of interest including a Spoonbill seen flying west, Crossbill over and an Arctic Skua and Little Stint seen in Thornham Harbour. In the pines Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers were present whilst Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank were also noted. Two young Stonechats were caught along the east bank and the first Meadow Pipits of the autumn also, with 3 ringed.

At Walsey Hills highlights were limited to 8 Spoonbill seen feeding on the marshes and a Hobby hawking over the East Bank. On the scrapes a Garganey was seen from Bishop Hide, and in the evening 2 Caspian Gulls and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB this mrng at high tide + 3 Little Stint TF650328 Norfolk 1.1 3rd Summer Caspian Gull Cley NWT + 7 Yellow-legged Gull NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT 7 on Simmond's Scrape & 1 at Watling Water + JUV Garganey & Black-tailed Godwit on Pat's Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 6 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way + Wood Sandpiper NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 22 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this mrng on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Female Montagu's Harrier Sculthorpe Moor flew towards Sculthorpe Mill at 11:30 NR21 9GN TF901303
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB 11:20 at S/end from Shore Hide TF650328
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pope's Pool viewable from East Bank + Garganey from Bishop Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB at S/end from Shore Hide at 09:05 TF650328
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua W/past Titchwell RSPB + 2 Bonxie PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Spoonbill W/over Holme NOA + Common Crossbill TF717450 Norfolk Juvenile Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Welney WWT at 14:15 from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946