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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 March 2018

The thaw continued apace today but the Broadwater and pools remained largely frozen throughout the day. A Black-necked Grebe was on the sea off the NWT reserve, with 2 Scaup also seen offshore. A Med Gull was also of interest.

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Norfolk 5.Little Gulls (all ads) Hopton-on-Sea offshore this a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Sheringham still 2pm at east end off clifftop car park (+Purple Sand)
Norfolk Caspian Gull SE of Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad on posts beyond conservation area at 2.55pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Walcott early a'noon then flew towards Mundesley
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls Beeston Regis below caravan site near fresh water outflow from cliffs mid a'noon
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Fakenham along River Wensum in alders c3/4ml east of Fakenham Tyres at c2.25pm with Lesser Redpolls +50.Siskins (+4+Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL SE of Norwich still 1.15pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park by car park
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls east of Sheringham near wooden steps from Beeston caravan park on beach then flew east
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh still
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew east past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Fakenham along River Wensum in alders c2/3ml east of Fakenham Tyres with Lesser Redpolls +50.Siskins tho mobile +elusive (+4+Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Smew redhead SE of Norwich still 11.20am at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad just west of reed screen
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Sheringham flew in off sea over east end of promenade at 11.05am
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL SE of Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park by car park at 10.36am with 10+Lesser Redpolls (+2+Mealy Redpolls)
Norfolk Little Gull Sheringham by Funky Mackerel cafe
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme drifted east past The Firs +2.Scaup
Norfolk Smew redhead SE of Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad +Bittern still