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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.

Monday 22nd January 2018

There was no further sign of the Waxwing today, but a Peregrine was sitting on the marsh early afternoon and on the sea a Black-throated Diver and 20 Red-throated Divers were of interest, a Barn Owl was hunting near the village hides, a male Stonechat was along the east bank and 22 Twite were showing well in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Caister-on-Sea east of bypass c500yds north of Tesco roundabout at 3pm TG.523.112. Park carefully on small grass triangle on access road to Caister tip
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard still Haddiscoe Island on gatepost viewed north from mound at 3.13pm tho distant
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common along east path beyond bungalows with Lesser Redpolls
Norfolk 120+Snow Buntings Salthouse near Little Eye
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT at Swim Coots this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still on pools behind visitor centre at 11am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sheringham on Beeston Common along east path beyond bungalows at 1pm
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Waxwing Holme NOA
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham Harbour still 1.05pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh at 11.59am. Long-tailed Duck still on sea
Norfolk no sign of Bittern SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park from slipway
Norfolk Hawfinch Holkham Park in yew right of pedestrians' entrance at 12.38pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still 10.55am from Babcock Hide +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart ad.male still Sheringham at RNLI car park +showing well TG.155.434
Norfolk c17.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in car park by level crossing briefly 10.20am TL.820.880
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Thetford at The Nunnery on lake
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Massingham still at churchyard
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 6+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 9.55am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on beach 1/2ml west of church
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton opposite chalet park
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Black-throated Diver on Saturday Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on east side of golf course on practice green at 9.15am (Purple Sand Overstrand still on seafront)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on east side of golf course on practice green at 9.15am (Purple Sand Overstrand still on seafront)
Norfolk 16+Hawfinches y'day Swannington near church then flew south
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL y'day 1ml west of Holt still just south of Letheringsett. From A148 take Riverside Road signed Letheringsett Mill +park on verge just before ford +view from start of track