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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 3rd December

A Great White Egret flew east across the grazing marsh early morning, and a short sea watch revealed a Great Northern Diver flying west and a feeding Slavonian Grebe close inshore.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe in garden mid a'noon
Norfolk c15.Snow Buntings Happisburgh still in field by lighthouse
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at c9.15am
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) still Winterton c1ml north of Beach Road along beach this morning tho mobile
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 9.15am on sea off East Bank
Norfolk 5.Lapland Buntings Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 33.Lapland Buntings reported Happisburgh in field by lighthouse
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still 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 Black Brant ad Cley NWT still in Eye Field with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose. 8.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west)
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Wroxham Broad
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash. fem/juv.drk Scaup on pits
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holme offshore +Great Northern Diver. Great White Egret flew east over grazing marsh
Norfolk 2.Snow Geese (both white morph) flew east over Mileham mid morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton still c1ml north of Beach Road on beach by groyne.39 mid morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again on beach near beach car park