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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 23rd March 2017

On the sea today 15 Long-tailed Ducks and 12 Common Scoters were the highlights, while a Water Rail was in the reeds near the Hun sluice and 2 Cetti's Warblers and 6+ Chiffchaffs were calling and singing in the area.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Sedge Warbler Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:25 Norfolk Tree Pipit Cley next the Sea at Eend of East Bank near disabled hide at 08:20 then flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field at 18:15 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Common Crane N/over Breydon Water at 10:35 + Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field just S/of church at 11:29 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Norwich W/over cathedral at 09:58 NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just NE/of Sparham Pools by barn NR9 5QY TG075178
Norfolk 3 Woodlark Happisburgh in fields by coastal watchpoint + 14 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT & 3 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk 15 Long-tailed Duck Holme Dunes NNR offshore
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course mid a/noon just W/of Skelding Hill. Keep to footpaths NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at 13:45 at N/nd at Ken Hill on pool viewable from inner sea wall but elusive TF648335
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 12:45 W/of Iron Road at rear of main pool NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Haddiscoe Marshes at Haddiscoe Bridge + Common Crane NR31 9HZ TM451979
Norfolk Male Ring Ouzel Sheringham Golf Course in gorse just W/of coastguard lookout but elusive. Keep to footpath Norfolk Garganey Salthouse at 07:00 from Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park TF648335
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill viewable from inner sea wall at 07:30 TF648335