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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 5th December 2017

Sightings today included nine Barnacle Geese in with several thousand Pink-feet on the grazing Marsh.  At least twenty Twite were at Thornham Harbour and on the sea four Eider and two Goosander were amongst the more interesting sightings.

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Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Eccles-on-Sea 150yds NW of Church Lane at Hedgehog Walk/ Cross Lane junction TG.404.292 NR12 0SZ
Norfolk 13+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still (+Water Pipit)
Norfolk no sign of male.Desert Wheatear Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk 9.30-11.15am but 3.Shorelark.Park at Cart Gap +walk SE on track;don't park on Beach Rd NR12 0QL TG.407.289
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings still Eccles on beach near northernmost reef
Norfolk 20+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site car park entrance TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on beach late morning
Norfolk 12.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site car park entrance +showing well TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv NE of Norwich at Salhouse flew SW over Ron Fielder Close at 8.01am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches y'day 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham flew over Santon Warren IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Kelling at 8.50am (Slav Grebe on sea)
Norfolk Grey Phal y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide till 11.50am then flew west