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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.

Friday 16th February 2018

A rather quiet day at the Observatory though the weather was beautiful! A female Blackcap was near the Richardson Hide and a Red Kite drifted west over the A149 coast road. A Short-eared Owl was in the dunes on the NWT reserve early afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Stint still 2.10pm Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Hawfinch Holkham Park still in yew just west of entrance gates at 2.10pm
Norfolk 10.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh in NW corner at 10.30am
Norfolk 7+Lapland Buntings Weybourne in ploughed clifftop fields tho mobile +elusive. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed channel
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at puddle between roadbridge +St.Helen's at 12.30pm then flew NW
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Caspian Gull Buxton in field by Cawston Road at 9.45am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still off East Bank at 10.30am with c275.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still west of A149 at Bure Park at 10.18am TG.521.099
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill male still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren
Norfolk 4.White-fronted Geese Halvergate along Stone Road with Pink-footed Geese TG.433.066
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide at 9.33am
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide at 1.30pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL y'day Kelling still at Meadow Lane at 11.15am (+1.Mealy Redpoll). Keep to public rights of wayNorfolk Little Stint still 2.10pm Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Hawfinch Holkham Park still in yew just west of entrance gates at 2.10pm
Norfolk 10.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh in NW corner at 10.30am
Norfolk 7+Lapland Buntings Weybourne in ploughed clifftop fields tho mobile +elusive. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still in reedbed channel
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at puddle between roadbridge +St.Helen's at 12.30pm then flew NW
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Caspian Gull Buxton in field by Cawston Road at 9.45am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still off East Bank at 10.30am with c275.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Great Yarmouth still west of A149 at Bure Park at 10.18am TG.521.099
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill male still 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren
Norfolk 4.White-fronted Geese Halvergate along Stone Road with Pink-footed Geese TG.433.066
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeder from Volunteer Hide at 9.33am
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Cley NWT still on Watling Water from Babcock Hide at 1.30pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL y'day Kelling still at Meadow Lane at 11.15am (+1.Mealy Redpoll). Keep to public rights of way