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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 Wednesday 22nd May 2019

One of many Green Hairstreak on the Tamarisk by the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Osprey flew over Martham Broad
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) Holkham Freshmarsh till mid evng at west end viewed north from A149 then flew west
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew over Titchwell RSPB 5.15am-6.15am
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) till 6pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance then flew west. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) Holkham Freshmarsh at west end viewed north from A149 at 7.06pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 5.40pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB again late morning +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Cley NWT at 3.24pm
Norfolk Quail male singing Sheringham at west end of Sheringham Golf Course at 2.15pm
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 2.42pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 1.25pm just east of Wells west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on North Point Pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey flew over Horsey Mere. 4.Common Cranes Potter Heigham
Norfolk Osprey flew over Horsey Mere. 4.Common Cranes Potter Heigham
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB from mill +showing well
Norfolk Quail male singing just east of Wells near pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.15am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 10.57am just east of Wells west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance on North Point Pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk Turnstone Norwich flew over Sherbourne Place at 1.16am
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS still 10.40am just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 9am TF.763.414
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk still no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 9.15am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk still no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 7.35am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk no sign of male.Red-spotted Bluethroat 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox by 7am. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh