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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 19th August 2017

A blustery day, but seawatching produced 5 Eiders, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Gannets, 200+ Sandwich Terns, 200+ Common Terns, 15 Little Terns, and a Greenshank. The Great White Egret was seen from the Car Park Hide, and a Stonechat was active around the Observatory lawn.

A small batch of Drinker moth eggs hatched overnight:

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still in field north of duckpond at 12.04pm
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still PE31 8BB
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 8.15am then flew east
Norfolk no sign of ad.Caspian Tern Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape by 10am. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk E to church, north along Church Ln to bend then east on track, N thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Black Redstart juv near Cockley Cley still at farm