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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.

Saturday 25th February 2017

A dull and blustery day at the Observatory, the sea was quiet but at least 4 Long-tailed Ducks were still present together with 73 Common Scoters, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Also of note were 37 Snow Buntings near Gore Point, and at least 4 Stonechats including 3 near the Observatory.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard St.Olaves
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Warham Greens in flight & distant in stubble field + 6 Hen Harrier & 3 Spoonbill on saltmarsh NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Hemsby on beach at 15:45 NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley next the Sea flew W/past Blakeney Point + Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Iceland Gull Mautby in pig fields S/of Mautby Lodge at 12:15
Norfolk 20 Shorelark E/of Holkham Gap at 10:47
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull at River Yare mouth Great Yarmouth NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk Great White Egret kimberly from Barnham Broom road bridge, then flew towards lake Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Sheringham + 3 Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 37 Snow Bunting Gore Point + 4 Long-tailed Duck offshore
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll from rear of tower hide at Sculthorpe Moor NR at 11:55 NR21 9GN TF901303
Norfolk 2 Waxwing by Union St Norwich NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Bittern Sculthorpe Moor at 08:45 from scrape hides NR21 9GN TF901303