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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 15th November 2017

A misty but calm day allowed for some ringing during the morning with a Yellow-browed Warbler caught which was very much the surprise of the day. A flock of around fifty Black-tailed|Godwits were on the grazing marsh and at nearby Thornham Harbour the Twite were again present with 15 recorded.
Yellow-browed Warbler- Holme Bird Obs, Nov 2017

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne offshore late a'noon
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Winterton South Dunes below chalet park in gorse opposite orange Life Saver sign at 1.45pm
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point c1/4ml from Lifeboat Station by track near seal fence mid a'noon
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks still Happisburgh on beach at 1.50pm (+30.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse on beach at north end of Beach Road at 1.10pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Blakeney Point north of boardwalk
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field by lighthouse car park (+30.Snow Buntings still on beach)
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w flew east past Kelling Hard at 12.25pm
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls Cley NWT along beach by beach car park early a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA trapped, ringed +released late morning
Norfolk 85.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still by orangery
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT off East Bank at 10.15am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew west over Thorpe- next-Haddiscoe at 8.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Hockwold Washes