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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 Sunday 20th October 2019

Wind swung into the north during the day. On the sea 56 Common Scoters, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Red-throated Divers, 543 Gannets, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Arctic and 1 Great Skua, 193 Auk sp, 166 Kittiwakes and 4 Little Gulls were recorded, with 2 Manx Shearwaters west in the afternoon. A Peregrine was also seen on the seawatch and a Woodcock was flushed near the Saltings, while around the Observatory 2+ Cetti's Warblers, 4+ Blackcaps, a Fieldfare, 5 Redwings, 12 Song Thrushes, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 20+ Robins, 2 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits and 6 Siskins were also noted.

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Norfolk 2.Little Gulls flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Snow Bunting Thornham Harbour late morning
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker male Burnham Norton in hawthorn at 8.40am then flew towards village
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still 12.30pm 200yds east of old jetty on ebbing tide. Jack Snipe in paddock by RSPB car park entrance track/ Beach Road junction
Norfolk Shorelark Cley at beach
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Thornham at 1.45pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Choseley flew east over drying barns
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk 7.Pom Skuas Cley flew east past beach car park (+fem.Long-tailed Duck Black-throated Diver 200.Little Gulls 2.Arctic Terns 3.Puffins)
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still +Ring Ouzel Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still +3.Common Cranes. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk possible Radde's Warbler Holkham between Meals House +crosstracks at 11.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret between Blackborough End +Wormegay in drain at 11.51am
Norfolk Water Pipit Walcott Gap briefly
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sculthorpe Moor NR behid visitor centre at 10.49am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton South Dunes flew in off sea at 8.30am
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still at north end of sea wall at 8.46am TF.853.448
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew over Dereham Road at 8.27am