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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 10th January 2021

A quiet day with another hard frost and the Broadwater partially frozen. On the grazing marshes 4 Ruff were among the Lapwings and Golden Plover, and 4 Black-tailed Godwits dropped in near the Broadwater edge. A Barn Owl was hunting at the back of the village and an unidentified wild Swan was at the west end of the grazing marsh, landing out of view.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 12.Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick in flooded field viewed from river bank at Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB at 1.35pm
Norfolk 3.Snow Geese Burnham Overy Dunes from Gun Hill at 11.38am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Bayfield Hall still with Greylag Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets near Halvergate in cattle field
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Colney GPs at Chapel Break Road in paddock by river
Norfolk Slav Grebe y'day Cromer
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day just north of Grimston at Congham off St.Andrew's Lane at The Beeches