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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 Thursday 19th March 2020


The pair of Garganey were again present on the NWT reserve and two Mediterranean Gulls were on Redwell Marsh early morning. A few more moths in the trap today, which included a Grey Shoulder-Knot, Small Quaker and Clouded Drab.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still 1.34pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male till 10.40am Dersingham Bog NNR on slope opposite boardwalk then flew over ridge
Norfolk 4+Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 12.45pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Spoonbill Wells at Quarles Marsh at 9.37am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.08pm 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 4.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from The Lookout
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) still Holme in North Fields by track
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton at Bramble Gap +male Hen Harrier
Norfolk Snow Bunting Caister-on-Sea on sea defence rocks at north end of beach
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 Black Redstart 1w.male Sheringham at Leas at 9.45am then flew east to Whelk Coppers
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Dersingham Bog NNR by boardwalk at 10.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 4.Waxwings still Salthouse by A149 opposite duckpond
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Halvergate Marshses still by Branch Road
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male West Runton east of path from main road to cattle field fence tho mobile