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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 7th January 2019

Seabirds today included 68 Eiders, 7 Long-tailed Ducks (6 drakes), 12 Common Scoters east, 30 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-throated and 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Fulmars, 4 Shags, 8 Great Crested and 2 Slavonian Grebes, a drake Pintail west, a Kittiwake and an adult Little Gull.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Russian White-fronted Goose Brent Goose
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes offshore late morning +c15.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Black-throated Divers 2.Great Northern Divers 4+Shags. c10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme Dunes offshore late morning +c15.Long-tailed Ducks 2.Black-throated Divers 2.Great Northern Divers 4+Shags. c10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 12.15pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still early a'noon on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide +5.Long-tailed Ducks still on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still this a'noon Welney WWT from Main Hide
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk possible Northern Treecreeper (nominate form familiaris) y'day still Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Horsey just east of car park at 10.50am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still west of West Bank at 10.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Barton Broad with Lesser Redpolls (+fem.Long-tailed Duck still +2.fem.Scaup still)
Norfolk c14.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still on grazing marsh mid morning. View west from footpath west of Burnt House Road
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea
Norfolk Scaup fem Cley off coastguards
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Thrigby still near Thrigby Hall at 9am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley off coastguards then flew west +4+Velvet Scoters
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver. Spotted Redshank Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver. Spotted Redshank Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT from Main Hide