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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 Wednesday 18th March 2020



A wet miserable day though it didn't seem to stop a small arrival of Chiffchaffs with at least fifteen noted around the Observatory.  A Water Pipit was on the flooded field south of Thornham coastal path this morning.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water by South Wall late morning
Norfolk Garganey reported Heacham South Beach at 8.55am +Great White Egret
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove west of track to Raven's Farm at 2pm TF.673.049
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat Glandford at pond
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still this morning +10+Common Cranes
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey at Nelson Head track south of 2nd steps +Raven
Norfolk 27.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.53am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay still 10am. Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh east of Lady Anne’s Drive +ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.55am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 9.51am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still