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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 Tuesday 1st December 2020

With the wind blowing from the North west the sea produced some of the hoped for birds, but not in any number. More notable counts were 62 Kittiwakes, 19 Gannet, 2 Bonxies and a single Pomarine Skua. A Peregrine, seemingly a young male, was around the Broadwater and a Kingfisher was around the sluice on Thornham Bank. 

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Norfolk 28.Russian White-fronted Geese Salthouse at west end by A149 mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Spoonbill
Norfolk dead Sperm Whale Weybourne Camp on beach opposite radio masts
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse 200yds east of Gramborough Hill at 1.47pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Velvet Scoter fem Old Hunstanton off ski ramp this morning +10.Scaup
Norfolk Smew redhead Ormesby Little Broad from road bridge early a'noon
Norfolk 3.Pom Skuas flew south past Heacham (+7.Scaup flew north)
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas (both juvs) Cley flew west past beach car park +Grey Phal (+3.Great Northern Divers 10.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Aylmerton then flew off (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 4.Pom Skuas (all juvs) flew past Sheringham 7.10-11.10am (+Velvet Scoter Little Gull Shag)
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv Wiveton still in field just east of Leatherpool Lane/ The Street junction at 11.04am TG.041.433
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) still Winterton 1ml north of Beach Road on beach (+7.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT just east of Walsey Hills at 10.07am with 146.Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose)
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day flew NW past Mundesley 7.15-10.15am +Slav Grebe flew NW