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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.

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Fairly strong winds and rain in the afternoon limited activity somewhat. Offshore a drake Long-tailed Duck remained, along with around 50 Eiders, a Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Fulmars west. Waders along the beach included 30 Oystercatchers, Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 5 Sanderlings and 17 Dunlin.

A male Stonechat was feeding along the East Bank, 5 Greenfinch were in the car park again and 17 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still + fem.Scaup
Norfolk 4 Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 120+Russian White-fronted Goose +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped off area (+20.Snow Buntings still and Black-throated Diver Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 70+ Snow Buntings Cley on beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey still
Norfolk 14+ Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park
Norfolk Long0tailed Duck Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pits +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Blue Fulmar Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Waxwing midway between Titchwell and Thornham in head north of A149 at 2.38pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv till 12.40pm midway between beach car park and East Bank on dead seal then flew east
Norfolk 15. Common Cranes south of Repps at 1.46pm
Norfolk 2. Bean Goose sp Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 1.04pm
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 12.14pm
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still atBurnt House Road from path opposite Malthouse Lane at 10.50am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at Tidal Pool
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea