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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 8th April 2018

A drizzly and miserable day, highlights were rather scarce but 2 Spoonbills were on the grazing marsh on the NWT reserve, a Water Rail was heard, 2 Med Gulls were seen and a Barn Owl was hunting in the dunes early morning. At least 6 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, and 2 Blackcaps were around the recording area, a single Wheatear was near Thornham Harbour, 4 Siskins flew through and a mixed flock of 40 Chaffinches and Bramblings also dropped into the pines at 1.30pm.

In the moth trap 2 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Border, 13 Hebrew Characters, a Red Chestnut, 3 Clouded Drabs, a Common Quaker and 5 Small Quakers were recorded.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT behind orangery tea rooms this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.35am then flew north +2.Garganey (1.drk) still
Norfolk Black Redstart Horsey in garden late morning
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park still 11.15am at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 3.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+20+Mealy Redpolls still) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Burnham Norton Marsh at 8.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Snettisham Coastal Park +Cuckoo
Norfolk Common Scoter drk Whitlingham Ctry Park on Great Broad
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB still near visitor centre at 7am