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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.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Another 'Starling day' with large numbers again noted moving along the coast, with a conservative estimate of around 5000 past the Observatory during the day. A Yellow-browed Warbler was briefly in trees near the Observatory mid morning, a Snow Bunting on the beach near Thornham Harbour mouth, a Merlin at the west end of the reserve and Kingfisher on the Broadwater with Six Swallows also seen.

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Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Pines again 3.25pm over seaward side of Washington Hide
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose again Burnham Overy viewed north from A149 with Pink-footed Geese tho distant
Norfolk Firecrest Holkham Pines midway between Meols House +Lady Ann's Drive at 11.50am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in field beyond small bridge at 2pm
Norfolk no sign of Barred Warbler Trimingham on clifftop near pottery by 11am
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at lake mid a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +12.Common Cranes. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +2.Jack Snipe 2.Spotted Redshanks TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide this morning
Norfolk 11.Great White Egrets y'day Holkham
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods east of Lady Ann's Drive at 10am
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB east of track to hide late morning
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Caister on beach near Haven holiday camp at 10.45am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 11.13am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Stints (both juvs) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by hide +3.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA by bird observatory
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Hawfinch Whitlingham Ctry Park at boathouse