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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 21st December 2016

Birds on the sea today included a Shag again just offshore plus counts of  twenty Red-breasted Mergansers, three Eider and a Goldeneye.  A Great-spotted Woodpecker was in the pines and at least five Stonechats were in the recording area. The Twite flock, around thirty birds, were again present in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking in field by Minor Rd at 13:48 TF785409
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Docking again in field by road to Brancaster mid mrng with Pink-Footed TF785409
Norfolk 6 Tundra Bean Goose in field Brownston Green, Belton + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose NR31 9HU TG464034
Norfolk 4 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from fisherman's c'park mid a'noon + 50 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk No Sign of Drake Ferruginous Duck Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Adult Black Brant Salthouse W/of track to Little Eye NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Docking + White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose TF785409 Norfolk 30 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 58 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 45 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Scaup Whitlingham CP at W/end of Great Broad at 13:00
Norfolk 84 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk 4 Waxwing Costessey again at 13:15 Jerningham Rd NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk 13 Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay + 18 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 30 Twite Thornham Harbour late mrng TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB again on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 24 Little Gull flew W/past Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB + 2 Scaup, 42 Long-tailed Duck, 40 Velvet Scoter & 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Late News Yesterday Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap + Ringtail Hen Harrier, 20 Twite, 2 Black-throated Diver & Slavonian Grebe