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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 12th July 2017

A fairly quiet day around the Observatory, especially once the sun broke through mid-morning. A young Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the pines, a Greenshank flew along the Broadwater and highlights from the sea in the morning included a single Manx Shearwater amongst good numbers of Gannets, Sandwich Terns and a flock of around 300 Common Scoter.

Few moths were in the traps but Oak Eggar and Pebble Hook-tip were interesting and a male Vapourer emerged overnight.

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Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both ads) flew past Cley this morning (+Velvet Scoter. 2s.Caspian Gull on Simmonds' Scrape this evng +Garganey still +5.Spoonbills)
Norfolk Pom Skua reported flew past Sheringham this morning (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Snettisham Coastal Park over channel this evng
Norfolk Garganey Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+2.Spoonbills still). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB still in car park. Also 3.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west from reedbed late morning
Norfolk Little Gull Breydon Water still at east end at high tide +2.Arctic Terns
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Gull 2.Spoonbills Continental Black-tailed Godwit TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Cley 5am-7am +Little Gull