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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 16th August 2018

A day dominated by rain, clearing in the afternoon. Three Spoonbills were between Broadwater and Thornham Harbour during the day, 6+ Whimbrel flew over and 40+ Curlew came in over the marsh. A Hobby was hunting east of the Observatory, and hirundines were moving with 40+ Swallows, a Sand Martin and 2 House Martins of interest. Around the reserve 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, and a Sedge Warbler were noted, and a single Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail passed overhead.

A good selection of moths included Garden Tiger, Drinker, Yellow Tail, Dark Sword-grass, Yellow Shell, Fern and White Point.

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Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 1.09pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke then flew NNE TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.50pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk Spotted Crake ad still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 12.33pm. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 1,374+Med Gulls y'day Hemsby
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 12.18pm on north side in stubble field north of Kings Loke TG.500.179 NR29 4JB
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still late morning in stubble field near church
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby till 11.30am on beach then flew west
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew north over Simmonds' Scrape at 11.17am
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west past Sheringham at 10.23am
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.50am on beach
Norfolk White Stork juv Hemsby still 10.35am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby still 10.09am on beach
Norfolk White Stork Hemsby on beach at 9.43am
Norfolk White Stork Winterton flew south over at 9.12am
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh still