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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 Sunday 5th April 2020

A strong south breeze and sunshine today, but migrants were surprisingly scarce with highlights being a flock of 10 Barnacle Geese landing on the grazing marsh at lunch time, and a pair of Black Swans were on floods near the sea wall mid morning. A total of 5 Red Kites passed over and on the NWT pools 20 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Ruff were of note, together with 16+ Avocets. Two Cetti's Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs and 3 Blackcaps were heard, and a pair of Stonechats were near Thornham Harbour.

Two Peacocks and a Comma were the only butterflies noted and in the moth traps a disappointing catch consisted of just one each of Hebrew Character and Small Quaker.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton
Norfolk Great White Egret near Wormegay by River Nar this morning
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew south over Hunstanton at c2pm
Norfolk Little Gull Filby Broad +4.Common Terns. Y'day c10.Common Terns Martham Broad
Norfolk Little Gull Filby Broad +4.Common Terns. Y'day c10.Common Terns Martham Broad
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew SE over Sparham at 12.20pm
Norfolk House Martin Roydon at 12.19pm
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Welney WWT at Lady Fen. Also Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Northrepps at Hungry Hill
Norfolk Woodlark Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier male just SE of Wereham flew south over A134
Norfolk 5.Sandwich Terns Norwich flew low east over garden
Norfolk 4+Little Ringed Plovers Wymondham GPs (no general access)
Norfolk 3.Common Terns west of Norwich at Colney GPs
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wormegay west of high bridge in cattle field by River Nar
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches near Cockley Cley flew over
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Limpenhoe in paddock east of Marsh Road then flew west
Norfolk probable Lesser Whitethroat y'day Wymondham at sewage works at 1pm [heard only]
Norfolk 4+Common Scoters y'day Norwich flew over Hellesdon at 1.04am +1.21am