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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 28th November 2019

Confiding Weasel hunting near the pond - Holme Bird Obs, November 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Sheringham at 3.05pm. 12.juv.Pom Skuas flew east 7.35am-3.35pm (+Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter 28.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew west past Cley +8.Little Gulls
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew NW past Mundesley +29.Little Gulls flew SE
Norfolk possible Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT late a'noon
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB (+Snow Bunting Water Pipit)
Norfolk Eagle Owl Winterton still off Somerton Road in tree at Old Rectory/ Hales Lodge care home at 4pm
Norfolk again no sign of 1w.Glossy Ibis Thornham Harbour (but 2+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh south of River Yare mid a'noon
Norfolk 135.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area mid a'noon +Water Pipit TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w (Polish-ringed) Thetford still on roof at Burrell Way
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB late morning (but 30.Russian White-fronted Geese Water Pipit)
Norfolk 100+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on beach in roped-off area at 2.11pm
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes in flooded field east of sea wall at 11.30am
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.27pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge (+Water Pipit) TF.911.441
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew NW past Cley
Norfolk 40+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by North Scrape on shingle by viewing screen at 11.25am
Norfolk no sign of 1w.Isabelline Wheatear Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh (but 2.Snow Buntings. 4.Water Pipits on The Serpentine)
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT at dawn then flew off with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 9.11am TF.911.441
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea