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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 4th February 2018

A cold day with a strong north breeze and wintry showers. A Merlin was hunting and at least 4 Stonechats were counted in the recording area.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.male till mid a'noon Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound then flew to Waveney Forest
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still 3pm west of A149 at Bure Park on grass by end car park cTG.522.101
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Cley
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse in field south of south end of Iron Road mid a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.male still Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest at 1.45pm tho distant
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck flew north past Gorleston at 1.40pm
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv NW of Mundesley still 11am then drifted NW
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still 11.40am west of A149 at Bure Park from 1st car park cTG.522.101
Norfolk Scaup 1w.drk Holkham Park Lake still at north end +Great White Egret Red-crested Pochard
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on beach east of Holkham Gap at 10.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Great Yarmouth still by A149 in field by greyhound stadium from car park at 10.45am
Norfolk PINE BUNTING on 20th January near Holt in an area with no access briefly but no sign since +Little Bunting briefly (access requested but not granted)
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew past Cley
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site by wooden bridge 200yds from church. Keep to paths +don't use tape lures TL.825.872 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still at Bure Park