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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.

Monday 5th December 2016

A glorious day with sunshine and a sharp frost, highlights were again on the sea with 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 150 Common Scoters, 4 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, one Fulmar, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Little Gull seen offshore. Also of note were 25+ Twite at Thornham Harbour, 2 Stonechats and a ring-tail Hen Harrier hunting in the middle of the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Dunes at 10:40 between boardwalk & Gunn Hill.Use Burnham Overy c/pk then follow sea wall NE/for 1ml then turn w/ PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk 10 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls SSE/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns in tree by stubble field at 15:15 PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk Lapland Bunting N/over Nunnery Lakes NR at 08:10 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore + 3 Great Northern Diver, 14 Velvet Scoter, 55 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Scaup & 10 Little Gull also 2 Jack Snipe on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver off Holme NOA + 4 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebe & Little Gull also Ringtail Hen Harrier & 25 Twite in Thornham Harbour TF717450
Norfolk 11 Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay this mrng + 30 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool + Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Lenwade by Marriott's Way 200yds S/of c/pk at 12:30 with 20 Lesser Redpolls NR9 5SE
Norfolk 4 Hawfinch Santon Warren at Field Barn opposite Ride 24 this mrng IP27 0TS TL833873 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Salthouse E/of Gramborough Hill but mobile NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk 3 Scaup Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Titchwell RSPB + Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck & Spotted Redshank on Tidal Pool PE31 8BB TF759436