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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 12th January 2021

Highlights today included a mixed flock of Skylarks and Linnets in the mouth of Thornham Harbour numbering close to two hundred birds, with a least one Twite picked out amongst them. A female Blackcap was in the scrub near the Observatory Building. On the sea the Common Scoter flock had seemingly increased to in excess of 2,000 birds but were very distant, a single drake Eider was noted just offshore.

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Norfolk 3.Waxwings Snettisham at B1440/ Old Church Road junction at 3pm

Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still from Rollesby Bridge mid a'noon

Norfolk Eastern Black Redstart (form phoenicuroides/ rufiventris) 1w.male still Snettisham RSPB from 5.bar gate by entrance PE31 7RA

Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Melton Constable flew east over church

Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w 2mls SW of Cringleford still 1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane at 11.45am NR9 3AZ TG.175.037

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still 10.13am

Norfolk Caspian Gull y'day 2mls SW of Cringleford +1/2ml NE of Ketteringham just south of A11 by Station Lane at Ketteringham Recycling Centre in field viewed from Cantley Lane NR9 3AZ TG.175.037