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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 1st November 2018

A miserable wet but mild day with little visible migration, but 2 Stonechats, 2 Rock Pipits and 10 Twite were of note at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 2pm on sea near flags in line with shelter
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham early morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton on roof of bungalow along back path
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters (4.drks) Cley off coastguards at 1.57pm
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters (1.drk) Cley off coastguards at 1.41pm
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still tho distant +2.Scaup
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still 11.55am on sea east of shelter
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate at 11.15am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Winterton drifted south offshore
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham still drifted east on sea west of lifeboat station at 10.50am tho distant
Norfolk no news on ecl.drk.King Eider Sheringham
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks 2/3ml east of Holkham Gap on beach at 9am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Winterton South Dunes below holiday camp
14:47 01/11/2018