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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 Sunday 6th December 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still c2pm in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose still)
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still c3.10pm flew west offshore (+2.Velvet Scoters still)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham still on sea at 1.18pm
Norfolk 3+Russian White-fronted Geese between Great Yarmouth +Acle with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 1.13pm
Norfolk 31.Russian White-fronted Geese Haddiscoe Island +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Black Brant Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.34pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne Camp still on sea this morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Weybourne on Old Coastguards' cottages roof at 12.35pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 1.23pm in Eye Field with 350.Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose still)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay still this morning +Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter. 50.Snow Buntings in roped-off sea tho mobile
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay still this morning +Great Northern Diver Velvet Scoter. 50.Snow Buntings in roped-off area tho mobile
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water by South Wall +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Clippesby Mill +26+Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day flew north past Winterton
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT still this morning
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holme Dunes still offshore at 12.19pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Hockwold Washes
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still 11.15am in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction. Landowner enters field regularly but bird soon returns. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still in newly cut area by Island Hide at 11.15am
Norfolk Bewick's Swan ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 11.01am
Norfolk Little Stint 1w Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape+4.Water Pipits
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again 11.30am on sea off dead Sperm Whale (+2.Velvet Scoters still)
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still 11am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction at 10.40am. Landowner enters field regularly but bird soon returns. Pls respect local residents TG.041.433
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton north of A149 between village +Tower Windmill
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Hard flew towards Weybourne at c10.58am
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still on beach between groynes.55 +57 at 10.30am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse 400yds east of Gramborough Hill at 10.15am
Norfolk 44.Snow Buntings east of Holkham Gap still on beach at 9.53am TF.899.460
Norfolk Scaup fem/juv.drk Felbrigg Hall NT still +20+Crossbills
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field
Norfolk Little Stint 1w y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Winterton on North Beach
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck y'day flew north past Winterton +10.Snow Buntings
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Cantley Marshes RSPB still +21.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still