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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 Thursday 18th July 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer by pier this evng
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this evng
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 9pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 8.10pm Breydon Water by South Wall in field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still c7.30pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station then flew to field SW of metal wind pump
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad again 6.35pm Breydon Water by South Wall off pumping station with 4.Golden Plovers
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Sheringham early evng
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by late a'noon
Norfolk 4+Spoonbills just east of Wells still 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 TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern Cley flew west past beach car park at 1.45pm
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water by South Wall by early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT flew west over Arnold's Marsh at 1.10pm
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still from Daukes' Hide mid morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon +ad.Spoonbill
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide +Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still +Black Tern
Norfolk 23.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 11.04am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 9.58am +2.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa)
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Garganey Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Purple Emperor butterfly y'day Foxley
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad till 7.25am Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump then flew NW
Norfolk repeat: PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at small wind pump at 7am then flew off on flowing tide
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad Breydon Water by South Wall at 7am on flowing tide tho mobile