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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 Thursday 1st October 2020

Unsurprisingly Yellow-browed Warblers featured again today with at least one vocal individual around the NOA Reserve all day. The Blyth's Reed Warbler re-appeared briefly on several occasions as well, though was typically elusive. Peregrine and Short-eared Owl were noted on the grazing marsh, a Spotted Redshank was around the Broadwater and three Lesser Whitethroats were recorded, with one individual trapped and ringed.

Moths today included a rather smart Red-green Carpet.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT by path near ivy at 10.45am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham harbour by brick building at 3.01pm
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at 2.47pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Kelling flew west over Kelling Water Meadows at 9.39am (juv.Arctic Tern over main pool. Whinchat Meadow Lane briefly)
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field near sea wall at midday then flew north
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still Holme NOA at west end mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey still this a'noon at Campsite Wood by sewage works
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail at 1.15pm
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Titchwell RSPB still 12.12pm on Thornham Marsh in hedge tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +10.Common Cranes still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton South Dunes
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male still Dickleburgh Moor NR with sheep TM.173.831
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still by track just beyond 'viewpoint and beach' sign at 8.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near south end of track at 10.36am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB on Meadow Trail at 11am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Beeston Common east of pillbox
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey by campsite just east of car park at corrugated iron fence still
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard by Sainsbury's gate at 10.31am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Titchwell RSPB on beach by ruins at end of main track at 10.07am
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard by Sainsbury's gate
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Reedbed Pool
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells in birches near toilet block
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at St.Nicholas' Churchyard by Sainsbury's gate
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh in hedge at 8.21am
Norfolk Goshawk fem flew west over Thornham at 8.03am