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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

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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.

Sunday 8th January 2017

A group of 14 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh in the afternoon and the Ferruginous Duck was showing well at times. On the sea  500 Common Scoters, 8 Eiders, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver and 2 Fulmars were seen. At Thornham Harbour 53 Twite were reported and a Spotted Redshank was in the channel, while at Gore Point a Greenshank was of note. 2 Stonechats were in the dunes and a Brambling was in Holme Village. A Lapland Bunting flew over calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk No Sign of Possible Todd's Canada Goose between Clippesby & Billockby at 13:10 + 3000 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Tundra Bean Goose & 10 White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 4 Lapland Bunting Sheringham + 5 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 20 Shorelark Holkham Bay on saltmarsh + 200 White-fronted Goose & Great White Egret NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at 16:35 at Harpers Lane then flew to roost
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at Harpers Lane at 15:00
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull flew W/over Gypsy Lane Titchwell RSPB mid a'noon PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes with horses to right at bottom of Harper's Lane at 13:30 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in hedge tho distant at 13:40
Norfolk 4 Common Crane E/of Ashby Hall Billockby
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park again on beach just N/of crossbank at midday TF648335
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh showing well PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley next the Sea at 12:25 on Sea Pool NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull King's Lynn PE30 2QA TF631204 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham in hedge at 11:40 (late mrng!!)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate at 11:34 but distant TG429067
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 10:39 in hedge
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA at 10:20 on Broadwater, viewable from The Obs of coastal path TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB at 09:38 on freshmarsh showing well PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Shorelark Holkham Bay at 2nd gap in dunes NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 5 Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB at 08:35 at bottom of Burnthouse Lane + 14 Taiga Bean Goose flew/E TG378039
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436