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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 Monday 29th March 2021

Another very windy day, highlights included 45 Golden Plover, a Snipe, 12 Chiffchaffs and a Wheatear along Thornham bank. At least 2 Siskins were in the pines.

There were no moths in the traps, but Comma and Peacock butterflies were seen.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton again on sand spit opposite cafe at 3pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail east of Acle +west of Stokesby +escaped White Stork
Norfolk Water Pipit Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts (1.male) Northrepps still 2pm in churchyard
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew over Hopton-on-Sea at 1.08pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey again 12.45pm flew high west
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey till 12.17pm at Horsey Gap over holiday camp then drifted high over dunes +out to sea then lost to view
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts (1.male) Northrepps still in churchyard late morning
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Holkham Park again over lake at 9.55am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w y'day Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey still from layby at 7.40am
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv Upton Marshes flew east towards Thurne at 7.20am