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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 Monday 30th March 2020

A little less windy today but still with a stiff north breeze and a few showers also moving through fairly rapidly. The grazing marshes remained busy with wildfowl, over 100 Teal being counted today together with 300+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese. Over 600 Starlings were also feeding there. Two Common Buzzards were in the dunes in the morning. A flock of 15 Linnets on the east bank contained the largely albino bird seen over the winter in Thornham Harbour, looking very like a Snow Bunting but with a tell-tale pink flush on the breast feathers. A Cetti's Warbler was singing nearby and 2 adult Med Gulls, still in winter plumage, were calling over the Broadwater. A Tawny Owl was hooting in the village early morning and 7 Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap were counted in the wider recording area, with a male Bullfinch also noted.

In the moth trap a Hebrew Character and an Early Grey were present.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse just east of Iron Road on marshes from A149 at 10am
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Upton Marshes NWT on east side of river
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Cley NWT in SW corner in ditch by A149 till 9.50am then flew west