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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.

Sunday 17th September 2017

A better day with a northerly breeze and sunny spells, highlights today were a Great White Egret over east, a Water Rail in the reeds, single Golden Plover and Whimbrel, a Greenshank over calling, 2 Little Stints on the NWT pools, a Short-eared Owl over lavender marsh, a Kingfisher, Hobby and Peregrine were in the area and 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler were of note. A Redstart was near Redwell hide and 2 Whinchats and 6 Stonechats were also around the dunes area, with a Wheatear along the sea wall to Thornham. Two Siskins also flew over calling.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady.

Wheatear at Thornham by Pete Bangs


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Cattle Egret till 2.42pm east of Stiffkey in wet field then flew west
Norfolk Cattle Egret east of Stiffkey in wet field at 2.40pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 2.30pm on Simmonds' Scrape (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove at 2.20pm (+Hen Harrier on saltmarsh)
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 2.25pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 2pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thornham at The Green along track to Thornham Marsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 1.45pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines 50yds west of Lady Ann's Drive in poplars this morning
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Trimingham near coastal path on east side of small wood in middle of field this morning TG.274.391
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.30pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER still 12.15pm Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park +showing well
Norfolk Wryneck y'day Blakeney Point at Halfway House (for 3rd day)
Norfolk LANCEOLATED WARBLER on Friday Blakeney Point
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham near radar
Norfolk Little Stint Holme Dunes NWT from 1st hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk ARCTIC WARBLER Wells Woods south of main track near 1st bench beyond caravan park at 11.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still 11am on Simmonds' Scrape (+3.Little Stints)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still just west of The Dell at c10.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end at 9.45am (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh at 9.25am
Norfolk no further sign of juv.Red-necked Phal Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh mid morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart near Cockley Cley
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool at c7.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Thornham
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley NWT still on shingle 300yds east of coastguards at 7.20am