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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 9th March 2020

7 Twite seen on coal barn at Thornham Harbour
1 Hebrew Character in moth trap

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Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Woodcock from Fen Trail
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham 1/4ml west of boardwalk at 12.20pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.25pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in bush viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 24.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle at 12.24pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge near Raven's Farm junction +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end +5+Great White Egrets 4+Cattle Egrets
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Dersingham over fields in evng +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.30am. 2.Great White Egrets still from Washington Hide
Norfolk 120+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh. ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Bull Marsh with 1,000.Dark-bellied Brent Geese +3.hybrid Pale-bellied Brent Goose x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 3+Great White Egrets y'day Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks y'day still Holkham Bay in saltmarsh tho mobile (6+Snow Buntings still in dunes. 1+Velvet Scoter still on sea)