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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 Friday 22nd March 2019

On the sea today 12 Common Scoters, 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-necked Grebe were of note. A ring-tail Hen Harrier was hunting near Thornham Harbour and a Firecrest was in the pines behind the sea-watching hide. A single Wheatear was out on the grazing marsh during the afternoon.

In the moth traps another Dotted Chestnut, 5 Small Quakers, 4 Clouded Drabs, 13 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers and an Early Thorn were recorded.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 2.44pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 2.30pm
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney Harbour at 2.05pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south just south of Happisburgh at 1.40pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.33pm in pine
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml NE of Bacton flew ESE past gas terminal at 1.24pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 2mls south of Mundesley at Knapton flew SE over church at 1.18pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv just south of Cromer flew ESE at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew over Kelling Heath at 12.49pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv 1ml east of Cley still 12.38pm in wood south of Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in paddock at Low Road
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Morston at 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Cley NWT at 12.25pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Holkham Hall at 11.59am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy still 11.45am over wood south of grazing marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 11.05am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Burnham Overy flew east to grazing marsh at 11.08am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea
Norfolk 2.Wheatears (both males) Salthouse at 10.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Cattle Egret still +Great White Egret
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB again on sea
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool. 4.Slav Grebes on sea +2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Holme Dunes +White Wagtail