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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 14th February 2018

The Twite flock of around 25 birds, were showing well mid morning along the seawall just west of Thornham Harbour car park.

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 Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still mid a'noon on saltmarsh c3/4ml east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Buxton still at farm by Lion Road TG.226.229
Norfolk 19.Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in trees by level crossing car park at 12.35pm then flew south
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide at 12.20pm
Norfolk 25.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still west of A149 at Bure Park TG.522.101
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham South Beach at 10.45am
Norfolk 18.Parrot Crossbills till 10.52am 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in trees just south of level crossing then flew north
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Kelling still at Meadow Lane (+5.Mealy Redpolls). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 70+Snow Buntings Salthouse still on east side of Gramborough Hill
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in trees just south of level crossing at 10.35am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Buxton at farm by Lion Road TG.226.229
Norfolk Hooded Crow still 2.5mls NNE of Docking on B1153 near Burnham Market/Ringstead crossroads at 8.45am
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on saltmarsh east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape