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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 27th February 2018

Overnight snow and a cold easterly wind saw Fieldfares, Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on any bare ground in the area and some 900 Wigeon on the Broadwater. Three Bullfinches were along the entrance track, a Peregrine Falcon flushed the wildfowl and waders mid-morning and on the beach were 2 Grey Plovers and 31 Bar-tailed Godwits.

 One of several Fieldfare processed today - Holme Bird Obs, February 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park in trees at Great Broad c100yds west of main car park (+2+Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeder from Volunteer Hide still
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap at 10.30am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Wighton still 4.40pm in hedgerow west of village +c400yds east of Field Barn Farm viewed south from a large sugarbeet pile
Norfolk Firecrest King's Lynn in small wood opposite Reffley Community Centre this a'noon
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls y'day off Cromer
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham in gardens at North Beach at 2pm +Purple Sand. Great Northern Diver off Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham in gardens at North Beach at 2pm +Purple Sand. Great Northern Diver off Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still north of A149 near NWT visitor centre with Dark-bellied Brents at 2.55pm then flew west
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Wighton again in hedges east of farm
Norfolk Bittern 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB NR13 4HS
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed channel at midday
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls y'day Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeder from Volunteer Hide +Willow Tit reported. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at portakabins
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed channel. drk.Long-tailed Duck on sea