Our Reserves

The NOA actively manages the following reserves in Norfolk

Holme Bird Observatory

Redwell Marsh

Whiddington Wood

Walsey Hills

Salthouse Estate

The Quags

Hempton Marsh

Reserves Network
The NOA actively manages six bird reserves across north Norfolk.
Salthouse Estate
This is a small reserve of scrub-covered hillside and a relict sandpit adjoining Salthouse Heath. It was purchased by the NOA in 1984. A number of heath and scrub species breed.
Sorry but at present there are no formal visiting arrangements.
Directions: The reserve is on the west side of the unclassified road running south up onto Salthouse Heath from Salthouse village. Grid Ref:TG072431
The Quags
Situated next to the shingle coastal bank below Kelling, this freshwater marsh reserve, covering 14 acres (5.7ha), has been a reserve since 1984. It is the most easterly of the long chain of coastal fresh marshes in North Norfolk.
The marsh, with its specially created scrape, attracts a range of waders and wildfowl throughout the year as well as passerines, which feed on the grass and weed seeds. These in turn attract owls and raptors. The whole reserve is easily viewed from the Norfolk Coastal Path, which runs alongside. You can get information on recent sightings at the Quags from Walsey Hills Migration Watch Point.
Directions: The reserve is siutated on the seaward side off the A149, approx.1 mile east of Salthouse. Follow the track (RUPP) from just beyond the the eastern end of Salthouse village. Grid Ref:TG093438
Other Reserves
The NOA is constantly looking to expand its network of reserves in Norfolk either via land purchase or long-term management agreements. The conservation of valuable bird habitats is a cornerstone of the Association's activities.

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