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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 March 2018

A Peregrine was again over the pines and Observatory late morning whilst a look at the sea revealed the large Scoter flock, c1000 birds distantly offshore, four Red-breasted Mergansers and a Red-throated Diver.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeders from Volunteer Hide at 2.44pm
Norfolk Sand Martin north of Blackborough End +1/2ml east of Middleton by A47 over resr at 2.20pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Lyng this morning
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 1/2ml east of Holkham Gap at 11.45am
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Salthouse still at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Bittern Sculthorpe Moor NR on pool from Victors Hide at 10.37am +showing well
Norfolk Willow Warbler male singing Sculthorpe Moor NR by Volunteer Hide at 10.02am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew east over Sidestrand by 9.38am
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near Clacton Park entrance
Norfolk Hawfinch flew east over Sidestrand
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide at 9.15am
Norfolk Hawfinch Ringland at Church Hill Common opposite gate briefly 7.10am
Norfolk Black Redstart male y'day Great Yarmouth
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Breydon Water at 6.50am then flew north