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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 26th July 2017

An interesting day's birding was cut short by strong winds and rain in the afternoon but during the morning a Great White Egret was seen from the hides, along with 2 Green Sandpipers and good numbers of hirundines. Around Thornham Harbour, the beach and over the Observatory waders included 4 Avocets, 8 Oystercatchers, 5 Whimbrel, 18 Curlews, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Turnstones, 30 Knot, 110 Sanderlings and 51 Dunlin. Other interest included a Mediterranean Gull and 6 Eider offshore.

Highlights from the moth traps included a male Ghost Moth, Coxcomb Prominent, Pine Hawkmoth and 4 Garden Tigers. 

Great White Egret - Holme Dunes NWT, July 2017 

Wall Brown - Holme Bird Obs, July 2017

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Norfolk 1+Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB +2.Little Stints 17+Spotted Redshanks Black Tern
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls (all 1s) Salthouse still on pools east of Iron Road. 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide this a'noon +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 5.Little Gulls (all 1s) Salthouse still on pools east of Iron Road. 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide this a'noon +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB on grazing meadow
Norfolk 14.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB this morning TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua reported y'day Cley offshore (+Scaup)
Norfolk 2.released Corncrakes singing y'day Welney WWT still in evng
Norfolk no sign of ad.Pec Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh by late morning (but juv.Arctic Tern still) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west over car park at 7.10am +2.Little Gulls 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide at 7am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Weybourne Camp on sea
Norfolk Great White Egret Brancaster flew east over marsh mid morning