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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 3rd February 2019

Two Barn Owls were hunting late afternoon and 26 Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit were also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks flew east past Sheringham at 3.10pm
Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls Wells Woods at east end near Abraham's Bosom at 1.30pm. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive at midday +hybrid Black Brant still
Norfolk 2+Mealy Redpolls Wells Woods at east end near Abraham's Bosom at 1.30pm. Pale-bellied Brent Goose Holkham still at north end of Lady Anne's Drive at midday +hybrid Black Brant still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 20+Russian White-fronted Geese Halvergate east of Branch Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Weybourne on sea this morning
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Winterton
Norfolk c200.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Long-eared Owl reported Clenchwarton
Norfolk 14.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still early a'noon at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse in trees between reedbed +paddock
Norfolk no sign of redhead.Smew Snettisham RSPB by 1pm nor Scaup but Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area +Dartford Warbler still. Long-tailed Duck offshore TF.896.458
Norfolk 22.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area (+c20.Russian White-fronted Geese) TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT again at north end of East Bank mid morning
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse at 9.10am