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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 Tuesday 14th May 2019

A rather quiet day bird news wise, with a Short-eared Owl over the Lavender Marsh early morning the best bird of the day. Insect numbers have clearly increased with the warmer weather resulting in Green Hairstreak butterflies easily seen around the reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.55pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing Bradwell at Caldecott Golf Course this morning (no general access)
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 1.43pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 12.36pm 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 12.08pm Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Osprey between Ranworth Broad +Cockshoot Broad
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still on scrape west of track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton +Spoonbill
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 11.15am 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on east side of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10.51am north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill tho elusive. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 10.50am Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR by trees viewable from Barnhamcross Common. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.45am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common at 9.20am. Use c'pk on E side of A134 1/2ml south of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE 350yds TL.868.809
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 8.41am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still 8.13am Cley NWT at NW end of Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 5.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Langham at 7.50am
Norfolk Great Northern Diver ad Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT on Lavender Marsh at 7.41am
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 7.37am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns in evng
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Snettisham RSPB late a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth at North Beach
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end from hide
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill at 6.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds