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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 Tuesday 18th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from gate at end of footpath at 12.16pm
Norfolk 25+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Little Stint still Snettisham RSPB on The Wash +Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT
Norfolk Bittern Cley NWT at South Pool at 5.55pm then flew over Glaven Valley
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT late a'noon
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Lake still late a'noon with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks opposite museum at 2.46pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Sheringham at 3.31pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 3.27pm NW of Wells +north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Winterton on sea opposite cafe
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 1.27pm NW of Wells +north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
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 11.40am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose ad near Matlaske still at Barningham Hall in field at 9am with Greylag Geese. Park in village +walk to private sign at Barningham hall entrance
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.07am (+48.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
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 TF.714.380
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124