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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 29th July 2020

A much calmer day weather wise today. Birds of note included a vocal flyover flock of six Crossbills, a Great White Egret again on the grazing marsh with at least 150 Black-tailed Godwits also present.
Highlights from a Sea watch were three Arctic Terns and two Little Gulls.
Moths caught today included five Pine Hawkmoths, four Drinkers, three Knotgrass and singles of Rosy Footman, Saltmarsh Plume, Ear Moth and Poplar Grey.
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Norfolk Great S'water flew north past Sea Palling at 7.05am
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Cley NWT c150yds east of Babcock Hide at 12.15pm
Norfolk large s'water sp flew west past Cley NWT tho distant
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at west end from A149 +Spoonbill flew east
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool mid morning
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Garganey fem just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on east pool. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 10.27am +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Volunteer Marsh at 9.33am
Norfolk 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 9.30am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB at 8.22am: 2.on freshmarsh, 2.flew over