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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.

Thursday 28th December 2017

A cold but beautiful day, with seawatching producing single Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a first winter Little Gull and 8 Guillemots. 2 Stonechats were around the Observatory and a Water Pipit was reported from Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still 2.25pm Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew west over Billy's Wash late morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre at 10.25am
Norfolk Water Pipit Thornham Harbour
Norfolk 7.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Velvet Scoter
Norfolk c80.Snow Buntings Eccles still at North Gap
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Sheringham still on golf course west of hill
Norfolk 19.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk 2.Glaucous Gulls (both juvs) flew west past Overstrand: 1.at 8.17am, 1.at 9am