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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 28th April 2019

Showers gave way to an improving picture today with highlights including a Common Sandpiper, 2 Med Gulls, one Cuckoo, a Peregrine east, 1+ (probably two) Firecrests singing in pines west of Observatory, 5 Swallows over, and 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 14 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, and 15+ Yellow Wagtails recorded.

Butterflies included Wall Brown and Red Admiral, and another Dotted Chestnut was in the moth trap

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml east of Potter Heigham north of Potter Heigham Marshes on pool by Weavers' Way just south of wood at 3.55pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) between Blackborough End +Wormegay at Nar Valley Fisheries
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Waxham Sands Holiday Park early a'noon
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel North Creake
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track cTF.850.446
Norfolk 7.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham RSPB along sea wall
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Grimston Warren
Norfolk c20.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end viewed from A149 just west of double bend at 10.35am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton still 10.10am in birches below highest dune then flew west
Norfolk Arctic Tern flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Arctic Tern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew west along River Yare at 7.30am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide at 8.15am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Winterton +2+Spoonbills
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewable from sea wall near wooden bench cTF.850.446
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley flew past beach car park