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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.

Monday 30th October 2017

With winds easing today a good visible migration was recorded particularly offshore. Highlights were 15,720+ Starlings passing west either side of the pines, 4 Whooper Swans west, 446 Brent Geese, 128 Shelduck, 1 Scaup, 73 Eiders, 300 Common Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Goosanders, 2 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, single Pom and Arctic Skuas, and 6 Kittiwakes. On land, a Red Kite flew through east, 4 Water Rails were around the edge of Broadwater, waders included 60 Golden Plover, 88 Lapwings, 200 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Knot, 40 Ruff, 3 Woodcocks in off the sea, and 2 Snipe over the grazing marsh. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 4 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 5 Redpolls and a single Snow Buntings over the beach.

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Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv again 2.35pm flew west past Salthouse
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew west past Cley at 2.30pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cantley flew west over Burnthouse Road at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew west past Cley at 1.50pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham 400yds south of Shangri-la in hawthorns along coast path at 2.15pm
Norfolk 3.Water Pipits Cantley Marshes RSPB on west side at 10am
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Cantley Marshes RSPB at 8.50am
Norfolk Little Auk flew south past Waxham at 10.45am (+2.Velvet Scoters flew north)
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches flew SW over Cantley Marshes RSPB at 8.40am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Cantley on River Yare
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham by 12.30pm (+2.probable Short-eared Owls 4.Pale-bellied Brent Geese 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still 1.10pm just west of Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cromer at 1.05pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still just west of Iron Road at 12.15pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Winterton (+Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull imm Salthouse flew west past north end of Beach Road at 11.20am
Norfolk Shorelark Cley NWT on beach by beach car park at 11.14am then flew towards Blakeney Freshes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew south past Scratby at 10.45am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Surf Scoter fem/juv.drk flew west past Cley NWT at 10.35am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Great Yarmouth in 2hrs (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Mundesley at c9.35am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cromer at 9.30am
Norfolk Sabine's Gull ad flew west past Cley at 9.17am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Overstrand at 7.10am
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER juv on Saturday Walcott offshore (for 2nd day) +Sabine's Gull
Norfolk Surf Scoter fem/juv.drk flew west past Overstrand at c8.30am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk Bittern SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in flight near small island at 6am