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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 Friday 9th April 2021

A Sedge Warbler was singing on and off near the Hun sluice and then near the Observatory this morning, with 2 Red Kites, a Little Ringed Plover, 6 Snipe, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Bramblings, and 2 Siskins seen and 2 Ring Ouzels and a Redstart reported in the dunes on the NWT reserve.

A single March Moth was alone in the trap this morning.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme in paddocks at 2.50pm +Redstart
Norfolk Iceland Gull Cley off coastguards at 2.11pm. 1w.Grey Phal still on Eye Pool
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley NWT by East Bank at 2.27pm
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Filby Broad at 1pm
Norfolk Kittiwake ad Whitlingham Ctry Park still 1.30pm at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells still c1.10pm at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane just east of Wells till 1.09pm at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance then flew towards Holkham. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Common Crane flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12.35pm
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 12.41pm
Norfolk Kittiwake ad Whitlingham Ctry Park still at east end of Great Broad at 12.37pm
Norfolk 11.Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh north of Church Farm in ploughed field west of gun emplacements this a'noon TG.372.318
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +5.Common Cranes Great White Egret released imm.White-tailed Eagle
Norfolk Cuckoo male singing Fakenham near NOA at 11.19am
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Whitlingham late morning
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w Cley NWT in NW corner of Eye Field on Eye Field Pool still 11.30am
Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Lynford Arboretum at SE end of paddock at 11.31am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels West Runton flew east at 7.50am
Norfolk Grey Phal 1w Cley NWT still 10.45am on pool by beach car park TG.047.451
Norfolk Ring Ouzel West Runton at Water Lane paddocks
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Cley flew high ESE over ridge at 11am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Caistor St.Edmund flew high NE over Roman Town at 10.55am
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew east over Hotblack Road at 10.47am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle c2.5mls south of King's Lynn at Setchley flew south over A10 at c10.10am
Norfolk 5.White Storks SSE of Wymondham at Silfield flew west over A11 at 9.46am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley still at coastguards on Beach Pool
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks still Blakeney Point on shingle ridge c200yds west of Halfway House tho mobile
Norfolk 7.Garganey (5.drks) y'day Hockwold Washes still in morning