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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 Friday 25th October 2019

Weather deteriorated during the morning with rain before midday. A Peregrine was hunting and 7 Stonechats were recorded in the dunes and on the east bank. Two Rock Pipits and 4+ Bramblings were seen, and a Blackcap was still on the reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet this morning (+Y-br.Wblr Black Redstart)
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Mundesley at west end along Sea View Road late morning
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still mid a'noon just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point in sea buckthorn near tower
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Winterton
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich still on Leopold Road opposite The Beehive at c1.40pm NR4 7PJ
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Holkham Freshmarsh flew past The Lookout this morning
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +5+Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Heacham at chalet.44 viewed from sea wall
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham Coastal Park flew north along shore
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still just west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point in sea buckthorn near tower mid morning tho elusive
Norfolk possible Snow Goose Wells over North Point Pools at 10.30am then flew west over town with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Black Redstart fem Cley till mid morning near beach car park then flew south
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Wells by lifeboat station mid morning
Norfolk Black Redstart fem Cley still 200yds west of beach car park by boats
Norfolk Lapland Bunting on Wednesday Cley on shingle
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Welney WWT still