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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.

Thursday 14th September 2017

Seawatching was the focus of attention today with a nice variety during the course of the day. The following were recorded between 8.45am and 2.35pm; 53 Pink-feet, 44 Wigeon, 145 Teal, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Eiders, 522 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Fulmars, 40 Manx Shearwaters, 139 Gannets, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Pom Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas, 199 Great Skuas, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 juv Black Tern, 54 Sandwich Terns, and 2 Common Terns. 150 House Martins were in the village early morning, a Merlin came in off the sea, and 2 Short-eared Owls were hunting lavender marsh on the NWT reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Weybourne Camp 7.05-10.05am
Norfolk 4.Sooty S'waters flew past Happisburgh
Norfolk 3.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham +Velvet Scoter Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Hunstanton 9am-2pm
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew north past Winterton at c3.15pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.57pm
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew north past Winterton Beach at 1.20pm. 2.Leach's Petrels flew past at 7.10am
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT +Spoonbill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by offices at 11.30am only [heard only]
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Sheringham this morning +Black Tern
Norfolk lift offered to Barra tomorrow evng 2.places tel.Rob 01603-219119
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Holme in 2hrs (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk dead Manx S'water Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe on road