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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.

Sunday 16th December 2018

On the sea today highlights were 83 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 88 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmars, a Gannet, 20 Great Crested Grebes and a Razorbill. A Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owls were also noted, with a Cetti's Warbler calling near the Broadwater, a Merlin near the harbour and 12 Twite also still present.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1ml SE of Brundall at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in scrub from Tower Hide at 11.55am tho distant NR13 4HS
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 12.05pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Welney WWT still +White Stork. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml SSE of Waxham at Walnut Farm with Pink-footed Geese cTG.451.246 NR12 0EG
Norfolk 23.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk 12.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+60.Snow Buntings Red-necked Grebe 4.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.30am)Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Slav Grebe Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 18.Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling on pool opposite Boundary Farm +15.Whooper Swans TG.411.269
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Catfield by A149
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks. 2.Water Pipits on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Volunteer Marsh