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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 Saturday 27th March 2021

On the sea today 8 Common Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser were seen. Single Crossbill, Brambling and 4+ Siskins were feeding in the pines today, and 150 Golden Plover flew out over the grazing marsh.

In the moth traps 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Small Quaker and 1 Common Quaker were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle north of Breydon Water again 3.45pm then flew west tho distant
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle north of Breydon Water flew west at 3.25pm
Norfolk 3.Black Redstarts (1.male) Northrepps churchyard
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Holkham at Lady Anne's Drive at c11.50am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR this morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey still 12.20pm south of Nelson Head track flew south
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew west over Beeston Bump at 11.56am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey north of Nelson Head track at 11.34am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Jack Snipe just south of Happisburgh flushed from clifftop stubble field near pillbox at 10.20am
Norfolk Black Redstart West Runton in beach car park at 10.21am
Norfolk Black Redstart Northrepps still
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Winterton
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Winterton flew south over South Dunes at c8.20am