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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 1st February 2017

A largely grey and damp day, which restricted both bird and visitor activity. The highlight today was an impressive flock of at least fifty Long-tailed Ducks feeding just offshore, present for most of the day. A Merlin appeared briefly mid morning crossing low past the Obs and heading off west over the seawall. A ringed male Stonechat was also present along the East Bank path.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Woodborough in field by minor rd at Swanborough Tump SU132602
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby at 14:25 again in pig fields S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley next the Sea in reed along East Bank 100yds N/of c'park mid a'noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret from Washington Hide at Holkham Freshmarsh at 12:40 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 6 Tundra Bean Goose Clippesby again with Pink-footed TM431137
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Blakeney Harbour on marsh near c/pk at 09:30 TG028441
Norfolk 257 Russian White-Fronted Goose North Creake in field just S/of Creake Abbey
Norfolk Hen Harrier Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at dusk NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 8 Twite on saltmarsh NW/of Mortson Quay + Jack Snipe
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thorpe Marshes not Slavonian Grebe as previously reported NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 2 Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver & 40 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrew's Broad NR14 6PY TM441985
Norfolk 50 Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NWT at 09:17 E/of c/pk