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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.

Saturday 1st July 2017

At least 2 Spoonbills were in the area during the day, a Turtle Dove was along near the entrance track to the NWT reserve, 8 Black-tailed Godwits were around the grazing marshes and a Stonechat was opposite the Observatory during the afternoon. A Great White Egret flew east to the south of the Broadwater heading towards Thornham Harbour.

In the moth traps a Garden Tiger, Broad-barred White, Southern Wainscot and 2 Silver Ys were of interest among the catch, and Gatekeeper and Small Skipper were noted among the butterflies.

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Norfolk Arctic Skua ad Thornham Channel +Spoonbill
Norfolk c30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at midday. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB on main scrape at 1.30pm +ad.Yellow-legged Gull 1s.Little Gull TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk report of Wood Sands +Common Cranes 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB was erroneous
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILT (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+10.Spoonbill). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50)+take path ENE for 1ml+view N from R.Thurne bank (3.Wood Sand from main track+Common Crane over) TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (all 1s) Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh +ad.Arctic Tern
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew west over Hingham at c9.15am
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB from main track at 10.20am +4.Common Cranes flew over TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Titchwell RSPB reedbed at 6am. 3.1s.Little Gulls on freshmarsh +juv.Spoonbill TF.750.438 PE31 8BB