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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 4th May 2019

Attention was on the sea today with strong NNW winds displacing a few seabirds. Highlights included 14 Common Scoters, a drake Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Gannets, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Skuas, 40 Sandwich Terns, 38 Comic Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, and 4 Kittiwakes. A male Ruff was on the grazing marsh and a Cuckoo was calling, with 4 Swallows, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, and Lesser Whitethroat singing on the reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing still mid a'noon Sheringham at Sheringham Park by Red Route in beeches near Bower
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Brancaster Staithe mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Blakeney Point at c1pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Titchwell RSPB +Spoonbill
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing still 11.35am Sheringham at Sheringham Park by Red Route in beeches near Bower
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Colney GPs late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill flew over Cley NWT
Norfolk still no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Gramborough Hill. Do not stand on Gramborough Hill, view only from Meadow Lane
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Warbler male singing Sheringham at Sheringham Park in beeches near Bower at 10.15am
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Gramborough Hill. Do not stand on Gramborough Hill, view only from Meadow Lane