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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.

Friday 17th November 2017

A Firecrest was trapped and ringed mid morning, and 20 Twite were in Thornham Harbour with over 100 Linnets, 40 Golden Plover were on the fresh marsh and 130 Black-tailed Godwits, a Merlin, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a male Blackcap, 5+ Stonechats, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Redpolls and 2 Bramblings were also noted.

A Red Admiral and 2 Common Darters were still on the wing in the sunshine

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Norfolk 3+Lapland Buntings Weybourne in stubble field east of beach car park at 3.30pm
Norfolk 35.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still 1/2ml east of beach car park
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea this a'noon. Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe in channel mid a'noon
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea this a'noon. Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe in channel mid a'noon
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Weybourne flew west over field east of beach car park at 2.50pm +appeared to land
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still 1.54pm by orangery
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 2.fields south of Cley Beach car park with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still 11.30am by orangery tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still 8am tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Happisburgh still on beach east of lighthouse car park at 11.36am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Sheringham on sea at 9.30am +3.Long-tailed Ducks flew east +Purple Sand on rocks
Norfolk c20.Twite Thornham harbour on saltmarsh by car park. 2.Spotted Redshank in channel by barn
Norfolk Purple Sand Bacton on breakwater at Cable Gap
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Sidestrand on beach then flew west at 8.45am