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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.

Wednesday 25th October 2017

A windy start to the day was followed by a gorgeous still sunny finish to it. Birds unfortunately were thin on the ground with a Swallow over the Car park probably the highlight of the day !
Insects though were surprisingly numerous especially Common Darters and six species of Butterfly were recorded  including a Painted Lady and two Wall Browns.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still c300yds west of Washington Hide at 2.53pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham on buildings by church. 2.Twite in weedy corner of sugar beet field by Shangri-la parking area at 11am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still 1pm on tideline 1/2ml north of beach car park
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB on path 50yds beyond Shore Hide +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr south of Trimingham in hedge by Norfolk Coast Path west of radar dome at midday
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling still north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +2.Little Stints Spotted Redshank TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton North Beach still just before rocks at 11.55am
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10.30am
Norfolk Firecrest 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods at The Dell at 10.10am NR23 1DR
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still at Meadow Trail. 2.Little Stints still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches on Monday Lynford Arboretum