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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.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Once again most of the interesting birds were on the sea with at least 100 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Scaup, 3 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. Around 500 Pink-feet were on the grazing Marsh with two White-fronts, and the flock of around 35 Snow Buntings remained at Gore Point.

Roosting Tawny Owl found high in the tree tops enjoying the sun - Holme Bird Obs, February 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes by 1st groyne on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Marshes NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford at Burrell Way mid mrng IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 117 Tundra Bean Goose Breydon Water S/of South Wall just W/of Humberstone Farm late a'noon NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT late a'noon + Pink-footed Goose NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 24 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB at 17:10 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 35 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum late a'noon in roost IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Water Pipit Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Brancaster Staithe showing well in channel late a'noon PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Felbrigg Hall NT in silver birch on edge of Old Deer Park NR11 8PR Norfolk 4 Scaup Holme Dunes NWT offshore
Norfolk No Sign of Black-necked Grebe Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 35 Snow Bunting Gore Point Norfolk 3 Scaup King's Lynn at Saddle Brow PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk 166 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh mid mrng + Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 100 Long-tailed Duck Holme next the Sea + Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver & 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 26 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea on North Beach
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh late mrng PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Black-throated Diver Holme-next-the Sea at 09:05 on the sea TF717450
Norfolk 2 Slavonian Grebe Thornham Point + Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 114 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore + 72 Velvet Scoter & Water Pipit at Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436