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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 7th October 2020

A rather blustery albeit sunny day. The best bits birdwise, were a Yellow-browed Warbler along the River Hun early morning with another reported alongside the coastal path behind the Observatory early afternoon. A Spotted Redshank was again on the Broadwater and the Spotted Flycatcher continued to show again along the coastal path north of the pines.

Moths today included a Red-green Carpet and Beaded Chestnut plus two Feathered Ranunculus and three Black Rustics.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets east of Horning still 2.20pm at Upper Street Marshes. From Ludham Bridge walk NW +view west from concessionary footpath towards Neaves drainage pump
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Stoke Ferry, Wretton at 12.06pm
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 2.43pm Salthouse north of A149 viewable from track to Little Eye TG.076.440
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section this a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard reported Sedgeford flew east over Heacham Road at 1.15pm
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at east end
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes (5.ads) Clippesby in field at 1.11pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines between Lady Anne's Drive +west end at 1.06pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods at The Dell at 12.42pm
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets east of Horning still at Upper Street Marshes at midday +Great White Egret. From Ludham Bridge walk NW +view west from concessionary footpath towards Neaves drainage pump
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 12.35pm 1ml NW of Martham in flooded field
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) still 11.34am 3/4ml SE of Happisburgh at Cart Gap at NW end of Doggett's Lane
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of pines at 11.05am
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 10.56am Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road +showing well TF.928.398
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) still 10.36am 3/4ml SE of Happisburgh at Cart Gap at NW end of Doggett's Lane
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 1ml NW of Martham in 3rd field east of fishing lakes at 10.30am
Norfolk Hoopoe still Wighton 1/2ml west of Potter's Farm by manure heap south of Crabbe Road mid morning TF.928.398
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Salthouse north of A149 viewable from track to Little Eye at 9.40am TG.076.440
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common in trees west of pillbox at 9.30am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches y'day flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 9.32am
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male still Dickleburgh Moor NR with sheep TM.173.831
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w Wells Woods still on fence 400yds south of Pinewoods Caravan Park at 9.25am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 9.16am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) reported still 3/4ml SE of Happisburgh at Cart Gap in sugar beet field west of NW end of Doggett's Lane viewed from footpath at 8.41am tho distant
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sedgeford by path west of church at 8.52am
Norfolk Little Bunting Heacham in garden at 6.55am then flew west
Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Holkham at 8.01am
Norfolk 2+Hawfinch Norwich in Thorpe St.Andrew flew west over Thunder Lan
Norfolk no sign of Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) between Happisburgh +Cart Gap at north end of Doggett's Lane by 7.45am. Do not enter fields