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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 1st September 2016

A seawatch today produced 4 Teal, 180 Common Scoters, 5 Fulmars, 31 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 45 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Over 80 Teal were around the grazing marsh, and waders included an Avocet, 2 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. A Whinchat was in the dunes and 2 Stonechats were at the Observatory briefly, while early morning at least 2 Grey Wagtails flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 27 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common at 18:30 behind pillbox NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk 17 Spoonbill Morston Quay at 08:30 NR25 7DJ TG01144
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common late a/noon near pillbox but elusive NR26 8RX TG165425 Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 16:15 from Tower Hide showing well NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Wryneck Sheringham 14:00 at Beeston Bump in bushes S/of of pit but elusive NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Wryneck Reedham briefly in a private garden this mrng
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Common in scrub behind pillbox at 10:50 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:35 from Tower Hide + Garganey from Reception Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Gorleston-on-Sea at 09:45 on beach NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk Whinchat Holme NWT TF715449
Norfolk 8 Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT this evng on North Scrape + 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper & Whinchat on beach NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point by lifeboat station at 15:45 NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Osprey Norwich over market early a/noon NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton Dunes NNR off c/pk at 15:45 NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Osprey N/of Coltishall NE/over Little Hautbois at 12:20
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cley NWT at 11:30 on North Scrape + 2 Little Stint & 5 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441