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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 Observatoty Wednesday 4th March 2020

A flyover calling Woodlark was very much the highlight of the day. Two Red Kites were over the southern edge of the grazing marsh and a Barn Owl was hunting mid morning. On the sea there were 22 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Eider and a female Scaup.

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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still mid a'noon in field from track by Lathams car park tho distant
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still
Norfolk Great White Egret Haddiscoe Island at Fritton Marshes from mound in Waveney Forest this morning TG.457.011
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still flew west over beach
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still on bank left of Bishop's Hide
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 12.23pm 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm junction TF.673.049
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still 12.10pm
Norfolk reported Ruddy Shelduck Blickling Hall is a hybrid Ruddy Shelduck x Egyptian Goose
Norfolk Woodlark flew east over Holme Dunes at midday
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in field SW of Potter Heigham Staithe late morning TG.413.182
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck fem Blickling Hall Lake stil
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.54am +Spoonbill still +c120.Russian White-fronted Geese still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 10am 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm junction TF.673.049
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.17am TF.896.458
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm junction at 9.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 2.Smew (both redheads) Filby Broad in SW corner at 9.32am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Snow Bunting on beach. fem.Scaup on sea
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls just NE of Acle Bridge over marsh at 9.06am
Norfolk 2.Woodlarks flew east over Sidestrand
Norfolk Short-eared Owl just NE of Acle Bridge over marsh at 8.21am