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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.

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Highlights included a Hawfinch seen to come in off the sea during the morning, a Great Skua along the beach and a Rough-legged Buzzard hunting along the ridge to the south. Other interest in the area included c50 Redwings lingering around the scrub, 4 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, 2 Rock Pipits and 12 Twite in Thornham Harbour whilst along the east bank were 2 Stonechats and at least 5 Bearded Tits.

 Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Holme Bird Obs, November 2018 © David Bratt

 Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay at east end of Holkham Gap this a'noon then flew east
Norfolk Shorelark flew over Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk Hawfinch Holme flew in off sea at 9.40am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew south past Horsey
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham harbour on posts at end of car park at 2.15pm
Norfolk no further sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane late a'noon. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Overstrand flew south over golf course
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Clippesby mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Winterton on sea this a'noon
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w still 1.25pm Winterton off North Beach opposite orange diamond (+Red-necked Grebe still +Velvet Scoter still)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still 1.40pm in copse opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track
Norfolk 6.Waxwings Kelling opposite tea rooms at 1.15pm. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk probable Black-necked Grebe reported Caister on sea off north beach at 8.30am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still midday viewable from Horsey Straight (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay on north side of dunes at 11.34am
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w still Winterton off North Beach opposite orange diamond at 12.56pm
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still 12.43pm on sea off coastguard lookout TG.152.435
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Winterton from beach car park
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Kelling opposite tea rooms at 10.53am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 11.18am 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Kelling still opposite tea rooms at 10.38am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still in copse opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track mid morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets reported y'day Titchwell RSPB +8.Spoonbills
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. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still on sea off RNLI station at 9.45am TG.152.435
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes at north end at Bramble Hill. Lapland Bunting on beach by dunes with 2+Snow Buntings
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grimston Warren still near quarry by brick tower mid morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh. Purple Sand on beach