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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.

Wednesday 31st August 2016

A breezy but beautiful day clouding over later on, highlights were 4+ Common Buzzards drifting over the pines west, an Avocet, 14 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3+ Greenshanks, 3 Snipe, a Tawny Owl calling from the pines, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, a Whinchat along the sea wall at Thornham, 3 Stonechats near the lavender marsh, and a Wheatear along Broadwater Road first thing this morning. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Heath, Common Blue and Painted Lady.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Great White Egret W/past Sheringham at 20:41 + Pied Flycatcher & Whinchat NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 14 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + 4 Little Stint & 8 Curlew Sandpiper PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT on North Scrape + 4 Little Stint, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, JUV Spotted Redshank on Pat's Pool & 8 Whinchat between Eye Field & Iron Road NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at 11:00 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE/corner of North Section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water + 2 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946