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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 Wednesday 11th December 2019

Once again large numbers of geese were on the Grazing Marsh with around 5,000 Pink-feet present, plus a small group of six White-fronted Geese found in amongst them. A Kingfisher was seen around the sluice in Thornham Harbour and a Barn Owl was watched hunting over the nearby fields.

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Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB from river bank midway between Hassingham Beck +Cantley at 2.30pm tho elusive
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.48pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in hedge by huts viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap (+70.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 12.50pm +3.Great White Egrets again
Norfolk escaped Eagle Owl (anklet/ ring on left leg) still Winterton by Old Rectory in scots pine at Elsemoor at 12.46pm +showing well. View only from road
Norfolk Cattle Egret Horsey near Horsey Mill at 12.30pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 30.Russian White-fronted Geese (6+juvs) Holkham Freshmarsh at west end +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Waxham flew south near pipe dump at 8.56am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11.20am TF.911.441
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still on shingle near Holkham Gap at 10am tho mobile
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy still in cattle field at start of sea wall at 9.40am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Roydon Common NNR at 3.15pm
Norfolk 4+Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap +drk.Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Holme on grazing marsh
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Bitterns flew west over Cantley Marshes RSPB