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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 22nd March 2017

The highlight today was undoubtedly the flock of seven Common Cranes that flew high West over the grazing marsh late morning. A young Merlin perched on the east bank fence line caused some concern to the local Meadow Pipits and a ringtail Hen harrier was seen over the approach road. There was plenty of large raptor action locally, with at least six Marsh Harriers, four Common Buzzards and two Red Kites seen. Two hundred Brent Geese and fifteen Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh and an adult Gannet was seen offshore.

Common Cranes over the Grazing Marsh - G. Elton, Holme Bird Obs, March 2017

Merlin, East Bank - G.Elton, Holme Bird Obs, March 2017
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT on dam wall at 16:00 NR11 8PR
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley next the Sea towards North Scrape mid a'noon + Spotted Redshank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Spa Common at 14:50
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Salthouse Heath flew SSE/at 13:20
Norfolk Pallid Harrier over rape field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham 13:12
Norfolk 7 Common Crane flew/E over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:54
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Holme next the Sea over grazing marsh at 12:07
Norfolk 7 Common Crane Titchwell RSPB at 11:42 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT at 11:00 in sheep field behind church NR11 8PR
Norfolk 7 Common Crane W/over Titchwell RSPB at 10:36 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Common Crane flew W/over Thornham at 10:43 PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT in sheep field behind church at 08:45 NR11 8PR
Norfolk 2 Garganey Snettisham RSPB at Ken Hill Marsh this a'noon TF650328 Norfolk Probable Ringtail Hen Harrier Warham Greens at 10:45 NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Winterton-on-Sea again on beach
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