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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 29th July 2017

Seawatching today produced 66 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 6 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Terns, 562 Sandwich Terns, and 29 Common Terns. Two Arctic Skuas were also seen in the morning. The Great White Egret was showing on the NWT pools and flew off mid afternoon in the direction of Redwell Marsh. Also at the NWT pools 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Ruff. Three Stonechats were again around the Observatory and a Green Woodpecker was in the pines. Six Spoonbills flew high over the Broadwater heading west.

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Norfolk 5.Black-necked Grebes (3.ads +2.juvs) still SE of King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Lagoon at 10.06am. Park in A149 layby west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30 4BFNorfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (ad +juv) Cromer on beach +juv.Yellow-legged Gull
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s Salthouse on beach east of Grambrough Hill
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (ad +juv) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.30am +5.Spotted Redshanks Little Gull TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Scaup drk Breydon Water at west end +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 7.25am
Norfolk 3.Black-necked Grebes (ad +2.juvs) still SE of King's Lynn at Hardwick Flood Lagoon at 5.45am. Park in A149 layby west of roundabout +view from verge