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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.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

As expected a rather breezy day, with the wind still blowing strongly from the West. Unsurprisingly there was little of note from a migrant perspective with a single Wheatear and Whinchat along the entrance track the only exceptions. The Pink-feet though seem to be making the most of the favourable conditions for their journey here with small groups numbering at least 800 in total seen arriving in across the Wash during the afternoon. Birds noted on the sea included a single Manx Shearwater, 11 Bonxies, 4 Arctic Skuas, 21 Gannets and 3 Red-throated Divers.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 2.15pm
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 12.45pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv flew north past Hemsby at 8.29am
Norfolk Pom Skua on Sunday flew past Hemsby (+Sooty S'water)
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv Hemsby this morning +Great Northern Diver Black Tern. 6.Bearded Tits in dunes
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Kelling Water Meadow still 10.17am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in overflow car park at 7.45am