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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.

Sunday 14th January 2018

The Waxwing at the Observatory reappeared late afternoon, and one remained at Drove Orchards during the day. On the sea 5 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 15 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 30+ Great Crested Grebes, A Red-necked and a Slavonian Grebe were all noted. A Merlin was hunting the grazing marshes and 20 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour. A flock of 42 Barnacle Geese flew past east at about 10am, and 2 Whooper Swans passed heading west.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still mid a'noon Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach this morning +4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew past
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still 1.50pm on golf course viewed from road
Norfolk Black Redstart male still this a'noon Sheringham on seafront near cafe. 3.Purple Sands still by Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 2.Twite Kelling c50yds north of A149 in field by Meadow Lane +2.Mealy Redpolls
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still early a'noon c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk possible White-billed Diver Thornham Point on sea at 12.15pm then flew east
Norfolk 4+Great Northern Divers Thornham Point offshore
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER still Waxham c200yds SE of Shangri-la chalet at 11.45am tho elusive TG.441.263 NR12 0DY
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Thornham Point still late morning offshore +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew south over Choseley Drying Barns at 11.30am
Norfolk 1+Water Pipit Berney Marshes RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Thornham Point offshore. 12.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holkham Bay on sea east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk no news on Coues's Arctic Redpolls 1ml west of Holt +just south of Letheringsett
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham Freshmarsh still in fields east of Lady Ann's Drive with Dark bellied Brent Geese NR23 1RJ
Norfolk Black Redstart male still Sheringham on seafront between orange diggers +Sheringham West Lifeguard Station
Norfolk 90.Snow Buntings Salthouse just east of Gramborough Hill still 10.40am
Norfolk 9+Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still c1/2ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cromer still on golf course practice green from coast path
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham again at Drove Orchards Farm Shop (+20.Twite still in harbour)
Norfolk 7.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east over Breydon Water mid morning
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Hunstanton on sea from boat ramp
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in car park at 8.40am. 28.Parrot Crossbills flew over river at 8am TL.821.879 IP27 0TT