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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.

Thursday 2nd February 2017

A blustery day with showers, highlights were on the sea with a female Eider, 30+ Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, and 6 Great Crested Grebe. A drake Common Scoter was on the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Holkham Bay on beach W/of Holkham Gap + Red-necked Grebe offshore, Slavonian Grebe & Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Burgh Castle at 14:20 TG457011
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 11:30 + Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose between Heacham & Ringstead in field with Pink-footed Geese Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham RSPB on beach TF650328
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard just SW/of Surlingham at 09;30 by Surlingham Lane then flew NE/ NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk 59 Tundra Bean Goose between Clippesby & Billockby in fields with Pink-footed Geese TM431137
Norfolk Great White Egret S/over Colney GPs at 07:55
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley Marshes NWT by Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes at 16:30 in SW/corner of St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 30 Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + Great Northern Diver TF717450
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 1 Ringtail) Stiffkey from c/pk late a/noon NR23 1QL TF975431 Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge this a/noon
Norfolk 30 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddock area at 15:55 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Binham 13:30 at Priory Crescent Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad TG462139
Norfolk Waxwing Wells in bushes along Beach Road S/of works entrance at 11:05 NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk 19 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Halvergate Marshes
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT in drain N/of Walsey Hills viewable from Attenborough Way at 10:20 + Siberian Chiffchaff at 09:00 in reed litter by East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 27 Snow Bunting Horsey on beach this mrng NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk Female/Immature Black Redstart Wells at East Quay near sailing club at 08:43 NR23 1AR TF917437