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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.

Monday 15th October 2018

Another northerly blast produced little on the sea but 27 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, a Purple Sandpiper, and 3 Arctic Skuas were observed. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was of note and a Common Tern flew along the Broadwater, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were of interest and 6 Shorelark and 4 Snow Buntings were recorded on the beach off the Golf Course. Also seen were 16 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, a Ring Ouzel, 4 Song Thrushes, 25 Redwings, a female Redstart, 3 Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings and 3 Redpoll sp.

First-winter female Common Redstart in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, October 2018 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines beyond Joe Jordan Hide by main path at crosstracks at 3.40pm
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme Dunes NWT still opposite entrance by car park at golf course (+4.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Wood near The Dell
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach 200yds east of coastguards at 1.33pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens flew west over whirligig at 1.44pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA on Snipes Marsh at 1.46pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham 100yds south of Sahngr-la chalet this morning +Short-eared Owl flew over
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Snettisham by path by last lagoon opposite chalets
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still 12.10pm on freshmarsh from Island |Hide
Norfolk Pallas's Wblr y'day Hemsby (+Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh in garden of big house opposite Post Office at 10am
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Trimingham
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery: 2.in south section; 1.in churchyard
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT still 10.20am on beach opposite golf course (+3.Snow Buntings +Purple Sand between Gore Point +golf course)
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew east at 10.04am with Manx S'waters
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT on beach opposite golf course at 9.30am
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley flew east along beach past coastguards at 9.53am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pine near crosstracks at 9.14am +Osprey
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv Cley flew west past coastguards close inshore at 9.30am +Pom Skua earlier