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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 5th March 2020

On the sea today 10 Eider and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were of note, and on the marsh 110 Black-tailed Godwits were counted. A Barn Owl was hunting in the village and a male Blackcap was on the reserve. Four Snow Buntings were seen from Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 2.07pm (+16.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.03am
Norfolk no sign of any Smew Filby Broad late morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.01am
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Thornham Point on beach west of main track at 10.22am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove north of Raven's Farm junction on wires at c10.10am +showing well TF.673.049
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR still on south side at 8.58am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Brancaster in channel east of golf clubhouse at 7.38am
Norfolk Scaup fem y'day Holme NWT on Broadwater