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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 Monday 15th June 2020

A Grasshopper Warbler was heard reeling early morning and the six Spoonbills were again present on the Broadwater. A hunting Barn Owl was seen and a calling Whimbrel flew over heading west in the company of two Curlews. A small flock of six vocal Crossbills appeared in the pines by the observatory late morning before flying off south.

The moth trap produced thirty species including a fresh looking  Wormwood Pug and Dark Arches.
Dark Arches

Wormwood Pug
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Norfolk 3+Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +1+Garganey still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still mid a'noon 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk 3+Turtle Doves New Buckenham Common early morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove Salthouse at 10.05am
Norfolk no further sign of reported Icterine Warbler 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still 10.15am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk Icterine Warbler singing reported 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR in an area with no general access briefly 7.45am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge at 7.45am +showing well TG.268.083
Norfolk Corncrake male singing y'day Welney WWT still in evng from Welney Wash Road
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh at 6.15am