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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 Saturday 28th November 2020

A dull day but a noticable fall of Blackbirds took place with over 100 recorded, together with a single Waxwing in the poplar at the entrance to the NOA reserve, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush. At least 8 Bramblings were also present with 2 on the feeders near the Richardson hide. Ringing produed 24 new Blackbirds and a male Brambling was also trapped early afternoon.

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Norfolk Red-breasted Merg drk Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad at 2.40pm
Norfolk Red-breasted Merg drk Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes on St.Andrew's Broad at 2.40pm
Norfolk 13.Snow Buntings flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning +drk.Velvet Scoter on sea
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still c1.40pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad then flushed
Norfolk 2.Ravens Winterton South Beach
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods c300yds west of drinking pool with tit flock tho mobile
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings on Wednesday Happisburgh
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Winterton North Beach near groyne.57
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle near east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT flew in off sea at beach car park then along fence to east at 9.10am
Norfolk Great White Egret Wymondham between Little Melton Road +Barnham Broom Road at 8.20am then flew towards sewage works
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB still