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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 7th September 2020

Another 37 Pink-feet came in off the sea today and a Hobby flew over the pines. Around the marshes 80 Wigeon, a Great White Egret, 8 Whimbrel, and 30 Black-tailed Godwits were counted. At least 80 House Martins and 15 Swallows were feeding over the marshes and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and a Lesser Whitethroat were also noted.

In the moth traps 3 Dingy Footmen, 7 Flounced Rustics, 2 Brimstones, 5 White-line Darts, 11 Square-spot Rustics, 20 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 6 Archer's Darts, a Willow Beauty, a Rusty-dot Pearl, Ruby Tiger, Blood Vein, 2 Yellow Belles, 3 Silver Ys, a White Point, 3 Vine's Rustics, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Turnips and a Pale Mottled Willow were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both juvs) Cromer still on beach
Norfolk 2.Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml SE of Cantley still at Cantley beet factory. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB still +juv.Curlew Sand
Norfolk 2.Red-backed Shrikes (both 1w) still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane this morning cTG.446.258
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from sea wall near bench at 12.55pm
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +2.Spotted Redshanks Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne still at Weybourne Camp in brambles by pines viewed from beach
Norfolk Barred Warbler Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 late morning +Great White Egret
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham SE of Shangri-la chalet +SE of Money Lane 100yds west of white caravan cTG.446.258
Norfolk Grey Plover Norwich flew WSW over Newmarket Street at 7.42am
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes in brambles at start of boardwalk (not Wryneck)
Norfolk Wryneck Burnham Overy Dunes in brambles at start of boardwalk
Norfolk no sign of juv.White-winged Black Tern 1ml SE of Cantley at Cantley beet factory by 7.10am. Sign-in at gate +keep to footpaths NR13 3ST