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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.

Saturday 4th August 2018

A Pied Flycatcher was in the Pines early morning and a re-trapped Stonechat was found to be wearing colour rings, with further enquiries revealing it was ringed as a nestling at Dersingham Bog earlier this year. Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were on the Buddleias and Dark Green Fritillaries were on the wing in the dunes.

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Norfolk Great White Egret 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes mid a'noon +Wood Sand still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Spotted Crakes (ad +juv) still mid a'noon Potter Heigham Marshes: ad.from The Holt, juv.from bench midway along track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spotted Crake still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from 2nd bench along track mid a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Purple Heron juv reported recently near Hickling
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh Common at Manor Farm at 9am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 1s still 1pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+12.Spoonbills 3.Curlew Sands 3.Spotted Redshanks) PE31 8BB
Norfolk Spotted Crake 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again briefly at Potter Heigham Marshes c100yds north of The Holt at 11.15am (+Wood Sand +2.Cranes flew over). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Wood Sand Burnham Norton
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide
Norfolk reported probable Buff-breasted Sand Cley NWT is a Knot
Norfolk probable Buff-breasted Sand Cley NWT again from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Great White Egret flew NNE over Snettisham Coastal Park at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape +2.Spoonbills Spotted Redshan
Norfolk Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly Titchwell RSPB still +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS 1s still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 7.35am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy Dunes +Spoonbill flew over