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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 24th February 2019

Seawatching was the highlight again today with 64 Eiders east, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 42 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Guillemot and a Razorbill all recorded. At least 12 Siskins flew over calling.

A Dotted Border and a Mottled Grey were in the moth trap.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Short-eared Owl Great White Egret
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still Snettisham Coastal Park c1/2ml north of caravan park in fields east of Green Wall mid a'noon with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 1+Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes still on sea mid morning +2.Red-necked Grebes 2.Slav Grebes 3+Great Northern Divers 4+Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 3.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap near roped-off area this morning TF.896.458
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 flew NE over Sculthorpe Moor NR early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad y'day Snettisham RSPB on Ken Hill Marsh with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Titchwell RSPB on sea +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 40+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum at 6.45am
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Upton Marshes NWT still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay off Holkham Gap late morning +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley offshore
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still c10.30am 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow still Winterton
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still on North Scrape at 9.28am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Red-necked Grebe 2.Slav Grebes Great Northern Diver
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham S of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2+Mealy Redpolls. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by main track between vis'centre +Portakabins) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Little Bunting still Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Heacham flew south over North Beach (+10.Bewick's Swans flew north)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver y'day Titchwell RSPB still on sea