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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 10th December 2020

A Peregrine continued to strike fear into the wildfowl and waders on the grazing marsh during the course of the day, a Kingfisher was again noted around the sluice along Thornham Bank and at least four Twite were present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still this morning +Lapland Bunting flew east
Norfolk 16+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh north of A149 at 1.51pm
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay still at Holkham Gap
Norfolk 15.Twite Snettisham RSPB at top of beach near car park track at 1.30pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 1.11pm
Norfolk 15+Bewick's Swans north of Sea Palling at Hempstead at Heath Farm in field by road this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Scaup Heacham South Beach
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still 12.06pm on North Beach at groyne.56
Norfolk Bewick's Swan ad Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. 2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool. 2.Slav Grebes on sea +3.drk.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne still on sea at 11.50am +showing well
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse on beach at Gramborough Hill at 11.50am
Norfolk 7+Tundra Bean Geese Horsey in field east of road by layby 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill at 11.41am with Pink-footed Geese (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton +2.Velvet Scoters flew north
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 4.Twite Thornham Harbour still at car park
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still on North Beach at groyne.55 at 9.45am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from roadbridge tho distant
Norfolk 2.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coast path at 8.39am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs by River Yare at 7.35am