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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 3rd February 2017

A beautiful sunny day with increasingly strong winds, over 2,500 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and a Kingfisher and 2 Spotted Redshanks were in Thornham Habour. The flock of 35+ Snow Buntings were seen off the Golf Course, and a Barn Owl was hunting on Redwell Marsh. At the Observatory a single Waxwing flew over east calling as it went, 2 Stonechats were feeding and along the sea wall at Thornham 40+ Twite were around the saltmarsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull S/past Winterton mid a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse E/of Gramborough Hill at 13:00 NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Lapland Bunting SE/of Walsey Hills in ploughed field NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 110 Tundra Bean Goose between Clippesby & Billockby in fields with Pink-footed Geese TM431137
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island from Burgh Castle at 11:30 + 6 Short-eared Owl TG457011
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby at 14:10 in pig fields S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh at 08:05 on pools just W/of Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Holme-next-the Sea 13:25 on beach off end of Beach Road PE36 6LQ TF717450
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Bay 2mls W/of Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Berney Marshes RSPB early mrng + 110 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR30 1SB TG460053
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew E/ PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT + 18 Eurasian White-fronted Goose PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT by Beach Road on Cricket Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 12 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field E/of windmill in a/noon with Pink-footed Geese + 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435