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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 Saturday 27th April 2019

A rough day with rain during the morning, the only highlight was a Frosted Green and a Pale Pinion in the moth traps.


A Pale Pinion enjoys a drink at the Obs bar...

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Caister at 7.43am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes tho mobile (+Spoonbill still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Langham on driveway briefly c4pm then flew SE +no further sign
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall by wooden bench at 12.28pm cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk Little Gull ad Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape briefly +2.Great White Egrets still +c5.Common Cranes
Norfolk Bluethroat recently Sheringham in Dead Man's Wood
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes +Woodlark
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes opposite metal gates. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Eccles at 8.26am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Winterton flew south over Low Road at 8.53am
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Trimingham flew east towards Mundesley
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Overstrand again 7.48am flew south towards Cromer Ridge then lost to view
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew east over Overstrand at c7.40am
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day just east of Wells still from track
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT Sheringham still over The Burlington at c5.26am then lost to view +no further sign by 6am (+Hen Harrier flew east at 6am)