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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.

Friday 20th January 2017

Once again the Ferruginous Duck was on the Broadwater and the flock of Twite, around 40 birds, were still around Thornham Harbour. On the sea there were counts of  16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated and single Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, 6 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Goldeneye and a single Velvet Scoter. A juvenile Glaucous Gull flew west along the beach and a Kingfisher and Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Harbour.

 European Shag rafting offshore - Kelling Quags, January 2017

Snow Buntings roosting on the frosty shingle ridge - Kelling Quags, January 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 26 Shorelark Holkham Bay on beach 1/2ml w/of Holkham Gap at 11:30 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Heacham South Beach by outflow at 15:30 PE31 7AX TF663376 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT mid a/noon E/of East Bank behind The Serpentine NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Holme Dunes NNR flew W/along beach + 3 Slavonian Grebe offshore
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Thetford at 14:10 on SW/side off Burrell Way on roof near Lidl + 1w Caspian Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT 50yds E/of East Bank at N/end of The Serpentine at 13:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB near railway viewed from windmill NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sidestrand on beach this mrng NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Nunnery Lakes at 11:15 IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull (1 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Sheringham on beach at 12:15 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Adult Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA at 12:30 on Broadwater, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450 N
orfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Weybourne W/past coastguard cottages at 11:50 NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 4 Ringtail) Roydon Common NWT in roost + Short-eared Owl Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB E/of pumphouse this a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 21 Waxwing Sheringham on golf course at 14:35 then flew W/ NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 9 Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh near NW/corner of sea wall by gate
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 3 Snow Bunting on beach & 4 Water Pipit on reserve PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 23 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 3 Scaup Blakeney Harbour at 10:00 TG028441
Norfolk Male Black Redstart Cromer at E/end of promenade 100yds E/of cafe NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore at 12:18 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 153 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 89 Long-tailed Duck, 85 Velvet Scoter & 2 Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 49 Snow Bunting Kelling Quags in NE/corner