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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 5th December 2019

A somewhat cold, bleak and windy day. Birds noted included a single Eider on the sea along with four Red-throated Divers and four Great-crested Grebes. A ringtail Hen Harrier appeared over the grazing marsh and Broadwater mid afternoon.

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Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at 2.50pm. 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marsh
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at 2.50pm. 2.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 2.41pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still by fishing platforms early a'noon
Norfolk 7+Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk 66+Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk 5.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB still midday on sea +2.Slav Grebes. 15.Snow Buntings on beach
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still from Avocet Hide
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Swallow between Beeston Regis +West Runton cliff 11am - midday then flew east
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 TF.911.441 (Shag in Wells Harbour)
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by railway viewed from near windmill (+6.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 88.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at east end of roped-off area at 10.56am
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along beach
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk 39.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB