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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

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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 22nd May 2018

A cloudy and cold day with strong northerlies produced little of note. Two Little Gulls were present over the Broadwater, a number of Swifts passed through and lingered in the area, at least 28 House Martins were feeding over the grazing marsh, a Cuckoo was calling in the morning and again late afternoon and on the beach were 2 Sanderlings. Three Little Terns, 8 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were also of interest in the area.

The only interest in the moth traps came in the form of 6 Silver Y.

Little Tern feeding along the beach - Cley next the Sea, May 2018 © David Bratt


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk repeat: ALBATROSS sp flew past Holme Dunes at 1.45pm
Norfolk ALBATROSS sp flew past Holme Dunes at 1.45pm
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 5.28pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 5.17pm Burnham Overy Staithe at car park PE31 8JF
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide this a'noon +drk.Garganey still Spoonbill
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad till 5pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths then flew west. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 4.45pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 4.20pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths. From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again flew towards Babcock Hide at 3.23pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells till 3.20pm just west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh viewed from path then flew south
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells still 2.56pm just west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh viewed from path
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 2.28pm 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe on pool S.of sea wall at junction of paths +showing well (+2.Great White Egrets Spoonbill). From car park take Norfolk Coast Path NE for 2/3ml TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad 2/3ml NE of Burnham Overy on pool at junction of paths at 2.13pm (not Black Tern)
Norfolk Black Tern north of Burnham Overy on pool at junction of paths this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still at Castle Meadow House at 1pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still at wind pump
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells on Quarles Marsh viewed from path on west side of caravan park
Norfolk Black Brant y'day Stiffkey in cereal field at 7pm with 780.Dark-bellied Brent Geese TF.982.439
Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Little Gulls +Spoonbill flew west