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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 March 2017

On the sea there were max counts of 36 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Eider, 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe. The Stonechats, at least 7 remained around the East Bank, with at least one more on the NWT reserve. A Red Kite was over the grazing Marsh mid morning, with two more over Thornham Harbour mid afternoon. At least ten Twite remained around the sea wall at Thornham, the rumps on several males now bright pink.
One of todays Stonechats- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Red Kite over Thornham Harbour- Holme Bird Obs, March 2017


Twite Thornham Harbour - Holme Bird Obs, March 2017
 
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Egmere flew/SW from pink cottages at 15:20 TH905375
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Holkham Gap Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this mrng + 4 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk White Stork flew over Acle New Rd Acle at 14:14 (escaped) NR13 3AS TG413116
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Walsey Hills NOA just w/of pines NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk 5 Common Crane Ludham flew/W over Ludham at 10:00
Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB behind mill + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Harbour at 10:00 then flew/E TG028441
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on Holkham Lake mid mrng TF884451
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT Eof Beach Rd on Cricket Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cromer just E/of beach by golf course at 08:30 then flew/W NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme-next-the Sea offshore + 7 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver & 10 Twite at sea wall in Thornham TF717450 Norfolk Short-eared Owl Blakeney Point + Jack Snipe NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT at 12:52 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on the beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea + Great Northern Diver flew/W PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holme NOA + 2 Velvet Scoter, 5 Long-tailed Duck & 13 Eider on sea TF717450 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 17 Snow Bunting flew W/over beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB + 22 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436