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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 Friday 13th March 2020

On the Grazing Marsh birds of prey including two Red Kite and a Peregrine, regularly upsetting the wildfowl on there. Two Owl species, Barn and Tawny, were recorded and around the Observatory area there was a male Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail flew over flying west. On the sea a short sea watch produced four Red-breasted Mergansers and two Eider.

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Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh this morning +4.Great White Egrets still +5.Spoonbills still +2+Russian White-fronted Geese still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 1.53pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.02pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of Raven's Farm junction tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks flew east over Burnham Overy Dunes at 11.35am (+4.Ravens)
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull ad Cley flew east past beach car park at 10.20am
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes y'day between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn this a'noon TG.420.124
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of Raven's Farm on pole east of road TF.673.049
Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge TG.063.448
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still 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