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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 December 2020

A drake Goosander flew along the south side of the Broadwater, and a single Bewick's Swan landed there briefly before being chased off by Mute Swans. At least 55 Black-tailed Godwits and 75 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 10+Waxwings Norwich flew over Boundary Road/ Reepham Road roundabout
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on North Beach at groyne.56
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 1.20pm east of Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose still)
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.10am
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB +no sign of any Tundra Bean Geese (but 80+Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still this a'noon
Norfolk 22.Bewick's Swans between Waxham +Ingham in field west of road
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Happisburgh still in field by lighthouse (+10.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh on shingle east of East Bank at 10.56am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still near dead Sperm Whale at 10.50am (2.Velvet Scoters still on sea)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer at North Norfolk Council office [heard only]
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still from West Bank at 9.50am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose still +29.Russian White-fronted Geese)