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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 16th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 12.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still 3.46pm in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 37.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks this morning. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 3pm. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.35pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool still this a'noon
Norfolk 6.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still by Fritton Road
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from gate at end of footpath
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still 11.10am
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 10.51am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by west slipway at 8.45am. 2.Purple Sands on rocks at east end of Esplanade at high tide
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk 30+Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH