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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.

Sunday 23rd April 2017

The day started quiet but a few significant arrivals included; 7 Ring Ouzels in the NWT dunes, a Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper on the NWT pools, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, a Turtle Dove calling in the village, a Cuckoo in the poplars near the footpath from Dorve Orchards, 4+ Swifts flying over, 2 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a female Stonechat, 2 Wheatears, and a Yellow Wagtail over calling. 

Moths included Small Waved Umber, Cinnabar and Ruby Tiger, while butterflies did well in the afternoon with 4 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, 2 Brimstones, a Speckled Wood and 2 Peacocks seen.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still at Gun Hill west of boardwalk at 12.47pm
Norfolk 16.Waxwings NW of Norwich still 1.30pm at Costessey at Longwater Retail Park at FCC Environment Ltd car park entrance gate
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 1.30pm Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape [heard only]
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Kelling Quags at 1.20pm
Norfolk Common Crane Barton Broad
Norfolk 10.Shorelarks still 12.56pm Happisburgh south of lighthouse at south end of bare field
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Sculthorpe Moor NR till 12.27pm from Whitley Hide then flew over Wensum Valley towards Fakenham
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Sculthorpe Moor NR from Whitley Hide at 12.18pm
Norfolk Redstart male East Wretham at 11am
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks still 11.35am Happisburgh in ploughed field south of lighthouse
Norfolk 10.Shorelarks Happisburgh in ploughed field by lighthouse tho mobile
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Salthouse on track to Kelling Quags late morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Winterton
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels (4.males) Holme in hawthorns near watch tower viewable from coast path
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham Marshes by approach road at 10.25am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Stiffkey in hedge on east side of Stiffkey Fen mid morning
Norfolk 29.Ring Ouzels West Runton: 28.flew west, 1.on Incleborough Hill
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 9.40am Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (2.Spoonbills on Rush Hill Scrape)
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 9.52am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Northrepps in garden
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes flew east over Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.30am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Norwich at Mousehold Heath in cleared gorse near golf course
Norfolk 5.Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 7.30am (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 18.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes tho mobile
Norfolk 16.Waxwings NW of Norwich still at Costessey at Longwater at end of Ernest Gage Avenue NR5 0JS
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham Coastal Park +9.singing Grasshopper Wblrs. 2.Garganey (1.drk) Ken Hill Marsh on large pool
Norfolk 40.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 7.30am (Spoonbill still on Rush Hill Scrape +2.drk.Garganey)