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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 4th December 2019

Highlights today were a Red Kite, 3 Barnacle Geese with Brents on the grazing marsh, and 450 Golden Plover.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at midday
Norfolk Swallow between West Runton +Sheringham over cliffs this a'noon
Norfolk Waxwing Holkham flew east over Holkham Gap mid a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting Hopton-on-Sea flew south over cliffs early a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Horsey flew south over dunes at 8.33am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad Brancaster Staithe at 1.46pm
Norfolk 6+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still by barn mid a'noon
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Bank Farm from visitor centre early a'noon
Norfolk Swallow Horsey flew south over Grey Seal colony at 1.28pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Puffin
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by railway viewed from main track to hide
Norfolk Shorelark still Holkham Bay just west of Holkham Gap at 11am (+Red-necked Grebe 5.Slav Grebes Long-tailed Duck. 60.Snow Buntings east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area)
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea at 9.15am +drifting 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 at 8.37am F.911.441
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +6.drk.Long-tailed Ducks. Snow Bunting flew east over beach
Norfolk Black-throated Diver on Monday Brancaster Harbour