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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 Thursday 28th February 2019

Highlights today were on the sea where 6 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, 40+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 13 Fulmars, a Gannet, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-necked Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, and 3 probable Black-necked Grebes were all seen during the day. A Bittern flew across the grazing marshes mid afternoon and a male Hen Harrier flew east just south of the Broadwater at 3pm. Also of interest were 2 Bramblings and 12 Siskins around the pines.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 3.20pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 2.38pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR 8.15am-12.50pm NR21 9GN
Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.ad.male) Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh late morning. 2.Black-throated Divers still on sea
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap +east of roped-off area at 12.27pm TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common still near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 11.18am 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Raven flew west over Wells Woods late morning
Norfolk 23.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle ridge 1/4ml east of East Bank at 9.42am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 9.33am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west past Sidestrand at 9am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham +south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders near Portakabins at 7.51am (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN