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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 22nd April 2020

With the wind easy just a touch, there were signs of more migration taking place with Swallow numbers reaching double figures and at least four Sand Martins noted. A Woodlark appeared early morning stopping to sing briefly from the east bank before continuing east, followed a short while later by a Tree Pipit, again heading east. Three Green Sandpipers flew noisily in, choosing to rest on the edge of the Broadwater before continuing their journey onwards. Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler and Wheatear were amongst the species noted present again and a two Red Kites and two Spoonbills moved east across the Grazing Marsh.
Noteworthy insects included the first Wall Brown Butterfly and a Large Red Damselfly.

One of today's Wheatears

Red Kite

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem between Stalham +East Ruston still in paddocks north of Weavers' Way 1/4ml west of Stepping Stone Lane
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Sheringham flew east over golf course at c7.40am then over Beeston Bump
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew east over Weybourne Camp at 7.28am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Poringland along Dove Lane this morning
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT on Pope's Marsh
Norfolk 14.Bar-tailed Godwits flew NE over Felmingham early morning
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT y'day Welney WWT from road
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail y'day Roydon Common NNR
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day King's Lynn over fields between Spring Wood +Reffley Resr at 7.30pm cTF.647.213