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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.

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Signs of some visible bird migration mid morning with small numbers of House Martins and Swallows moving through the site. Birds of note included Stonechat and Whinchat along the East Bank, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the pines, a Peregrine harassing pigeons and gulls over the observatory, a Spotted Redshank in Thornham Harbour and The Little Stint again present on the NWT pools. The moth trap produced little of note although a rather smart Frosted Orange brought a splash of colour to the proceedings.

Frosted Orange - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016 

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Cley next the Sea over Artemis Coffee Shop towards Wiveton & landed in trees this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Dotterel N/over Sheringham at 19:11 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 26 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB at 18:53 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 17:00 from Tower Hide showing well NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Red-footed Falcon Reported Sheringham NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 09:55 from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Little Stint King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Storage Reservoir at 19:15 PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk Eclipse Drake Garganey Titchwell RSPB + 8 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool this a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 4 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water off South Wall this a/noon + 3 Spotted Redshank & 3 Whinchat NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Little Stint Holme Dunes NWT on pools
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham in harbour PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Blakeney Point in plantation NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 5 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 8 Curlew Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers Way + 2 Little Stint NR12 0BW TG429221