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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 Saturday 14th March 2020

1 Hebrew Character in moth trap
Spoonbill flying east over Thornham Harbour
Greenshank in Thornham Habour
Merlin hunting on the beach

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk 3.Waxwings y'day SW of Colkirk at West Raynham in lime in evng
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich flew over Earlham Road this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew east over Roydon Common NNR at 1.54pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still at east end this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Stiffkey on flood by A149 at 11am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings still Salthouse in tree opposite duck pond at 1.50pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in dunes
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east over Thornham Harbour at 1.28pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.21pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm on wires by footpath sign TF.673.049
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Haddiscoe Island at 12.55pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water early morning +2.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks near Sheringham Museum at 12.42pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in cattle field west of Herbert Woods boatyard at 11am
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 10.59am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT from Nelson Lyle Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Grey Plover flew over Wymondham at 8am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove at Raven's Farm in hedge from junction at 9.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 9.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 2+Russian White-fronted Geese Heigham Holmes still +2.presumed escaped Red-breasted Geese