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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 30th September 2017

Highlights today included 85 Pink-feet, 106 Brents, 337 Wigeon, 216 Teal, 410 Common Scoter, 38 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Water Rails, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff, 1 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Sandwich Terns, a Barn Owl hunting at first light, a Kingfisher along the Broadwater, a Peregrine high over the Obs, 4 Bearded Tits at the NWT hides, and in the pines a Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, and 3 Mistle Thrushes, while passing overhead were 15 Meadow and 4 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 12 Chaffinches, a Redpoll, 6 Siskins and 10 Reed Buntings.

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Norfolk 16.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen early a'noon. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh this morning
Norfolk 32.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this a'noon +Curlew Sand still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still 11.45am south of A149 in cattle field east of village
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes at east end still 11.15am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods just west of drinking pool late morning
Norfolk again no sign of ad.Ring-billed Gull Great Cressingham east of A1065 in pig fields north of Hilborough. Do not block entrances to field TF.833.023
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey still south of A149 in cattle field east of village at 9.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burgh Castle
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Felbrigg Hall NT in oaks along footpath between hall +lake at 9.20am with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes in bushes at end of boardwalk at 7.50am