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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 21st February 2021

A Russian White-fronted Goose was on the grazing marsh and at least 6 Stonechats were counted, with 3 Barn Owls, 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Avocets, a Water Rail and a Red Kite all of interest. Two Spotted Redshank were in Thornham Channel. A Woodcock and 18 Snipe were at the north end of the village.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 3.40pm
Norfolk 4+Russian White-fronted Geese Postwick Marsh still tho distant
Norfolk Crossbill SE of Ketteringham at Lady Belt Wood near lake at 10am
Norfolk Shag Denver Sluice
Norfolk 4.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Winterton in sugar beet field with 3,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Slav Grebe Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk Smew redhead Rollesby Broad
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in field behind metal barn tho distant TG.420.124
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Salthouse still at Iron Road at north end in channel near beach
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still +Great White Egret