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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.

Thursday 10th May 2018

A fairly strong westerly breeze and bright sunshine meant limited interest throughout the day. Ten Swifts were noted passing west, a Cuckoo was calling around the paddocks and a Mediterranean Gull flew over in the early afternoon. Around the dunes and reserve were 5 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers and singles of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat.

A Grey Plover in summer plumage and 3 Sandwich Terns were also of note.

A Coxcomb Prominent was in the moth traps and Latticed Heath was seen in the dunes, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Green-veined Whites and Holly Blue were the best of the butterflies on offer and around the pond a single Large Red Damselfly and the first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year were noted.

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Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier fem Titchwell RSPB flew east offshore at 2.46pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret east of Martham by River Thurne this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Arctic Terns Filby Broad early a'noon
Norfolk no sign of drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still 12.30pm just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field tho elusive
Norfolk no news on drk.American Wigeon Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB
Norfolk 8.Arctic Terns Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1.5mls SE of Waxham +just south of Waxham Sands Holiday Park by green box +2.White Wagtails. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Great White Egret Filby Broad
Norfolk Wryneck just ESE of Sheringham still just south of Beeston Bump by railway footpath at playing field at 11.35am tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male singing still Norwich between Mountergate +Rose Lane near Parmenter Gate Court flats at 9.35am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8.06am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 7.59am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water again at east end