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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 30th September 2020

Birds seen today included two Yellow-browed Warblers again moving around the NOA/NWT reserves, generally with the tit flocks. The Pied Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat were also in their favoured spots and two Spotted Redshanks were on the Broadwater. A fly over Lapland Bunting and Hobby were recorded and two Snow Buntings were on the beach.. 

The moths trapped included a Black Rustic, two Beaded Chestnuts and  three Feathered Ranunculus.

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Norfolk Scaup juv Wells Woods on pond near Pinewoods Caravan Park
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh viewed from Friary Hills NT this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey in alder just west of corrugated oron fence at 2.11pm
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Waxham c1ml south of Shangri-La +c300yds north of old pipe dump at Poplar Farm in willow spinney tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both 1w) Titchwell RSPB on beach west of boardwalk at 1.41pm +2.Snow Buntings 2/3ml to west. 4.Purple Sands still on groynes
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew west past Weybourne at 1.24pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT over freshmarsh just east of car park this morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Salthouse at Beach Road this morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Cley flew west over sea past beach car park +Great Northern Diver on sea +drifting west
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme in horse paddocks in village with tit floc
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery by main gate. 2.Y-br.Wblrs near Sainsbury's gate +Pied Fly still
Norfolk Arctic Tern juv Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB on beach c300yds west of main path at 12.26pm
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton Dunes still
Norfolk possible Rose-coloured Starling juv flew west over Titchwell RSPB early morning with 2.Starlings
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Beeston Common at 11.57am
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings between Holme +Hunstanton flew east over Hunstanton Golf Course this morning (+2.Woodlarks west)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Holme Dunes still late morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove still 11.38am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Hockwold Washes at 12.02pm
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh in hedge at 11.34am tho distant
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell at Gypsy Lane still 200yds along track on right at 10.45am
Norfolk no sign of any Grey Phals Dickleburgh Moor NR (but Blue-headed Wagtail still) TM.173.831
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings Cley NWT flew west along shingle at 10.16am
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT again
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods on north side of The Dell at 9.45am +Pied Fly
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by Meadow Trail still 10.19am
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Stiffkey on saltmarsh at 9.30am
Norfolk 2+Purple Sands Titchwell RSPB still on beach near old gun emplacement at end of main path at 8.50am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels flew east over Stiffkey at 8am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB by Meadow Trail at 8.39am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew east over Sidestrand
Norfolk 5.Grey Phals y'day Cley NWT flew west along beach (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk 6.Purple Sands y'day Titchwell RSPB on beach near old gun emplacement at 6.30pm at high tide +2.Little Gulls
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Beeston Common opposite bench under oak with tit flock