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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 31st January 2018

The Twite flock were again around the car park at Thornham Harbour, regularly coming into drink and bathe in the puddles there. A Spotted Redshank was in the tidal creek and a Greenshank flew over the grazing marsh calling early afternoon.
Two of the Twite flock, the colour ringed individual a male, ringed in Yorkshire in December 2016.

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Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltings 2/3ml east of Holkham Gap at 11.40am
Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach this morning
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Great Massingham still at churchyard at 10.30am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver reported y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end at 10.45am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton still off South Dunes
Norfolk 30.Twite Thornham Harbour still at puddle at harbour car park at 10.07am TF.727.442
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still at puddle at harbour car park at 10.04am TF.727.442
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB +ringtail Hen Harrier NR13 4HS