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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 11th March 2018

The Snowy Owl absconded in the night and was later found to have moved to Snettisham. Remaining birds of interest today included 5 Buzzards drifting east over the grazing marshes, and 2 Rock Pipits and 5 Twite at Thornham Harbour. On the sea 18 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Scaup were recorded and a Merlin was also seen.

A staggering number of common early spring moths were in the traps today, with 47 caught in total; 28 Dotted Borders, 12 Mottled Greys, 5 March Moths, a Shoulder-stripe and a Hebrew Character.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap at 2.20pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still mid a'noon on seafront near tank
Norfolk SNOWY OWL still 2pm Snettisham RSPB at south end behind Shore Hide +showing well. Keep to boardwalk +don't cross fences cTF.647.308
Norfolk no sign of reported Osprey Wighton at Crabbe Road
Norfolk SNOWY OWL still 12.55pm Snettisham RSPB at south end behind Shore Hide +showing well. Keep to boardwalk +don't cross fences cTF.647.308
Norfolk Osprey reported Wighton at Crabbe Road in hedge near resr at 12.05pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley still on groyne at north end at 12.25pm
Norfolk SNOWY OWL still midday Snettisham RSPB at south end behind Shore Hide +showing well. Keep to boardwalk +don't cross fences cTF.647.308
Norfolk SNOWY OWL Snettisham RSPB at south end behind Shore Hide late morning +showing well. Keep to boardwalk +don't cross fences cTF.647.308
Norfolk SNOWY OWL Snettisham RSPB at far viewing screen late morning
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming Sculthorpe Moor NR near portakabins by entrance to boardwalk at 10.40am [heard only]
Norfolk 5.Scaup Thornham Point still 10.30am in channel
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront. fem/1w.male.Black Redstart flew in off sea +Snow Bunting flew west
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT in field 1/2ml NE of visitor centre (Great White Egret Lady Fen still)
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide
Norfolk 5.Scaup Titchwell RSPB still offshore
Norfolk no sign of Snowy Owl 1.25mls NNE of Thornham at Thornham Point (but 17+Long-tailed Ducks still offshore