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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 5th April 2021

The Black Redstart was again in the car park area this morning and on the sea 5 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Sandwich Terns passed offshore. On the grazing marsh 70 Golden Plover, some in summer plumage, were south of the river Hun. Other birds of note included 3 Bramblings and 4 Chiffchaffs.

In the moth traps despite the cold temperatures an Early Thorn, Powdered Quaker, 5 Hebrew Characters, 3 Small Quakers, Clouded Drab and 2 Red Chestnuts were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk no further sign of any Kittiwakes Whitlingham Ctry Park mid a'noon
Norfolk 8+Lapland Buntings still 2pm Happisburgh in bare field north of Church Farm from clifftop path
Norfolk Little Gull Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes at St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk no sign of any Common Scoters Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad but 2.Kittiwakes at east end early a'noon +ad.Little Gull still
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still near A149 at 12.09pm
Norfolk 10.Lapland Buntings still 11.59am Happisburgh in bare field north of Church Farm from clifftop path
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Hindolveston
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holme Dunes NWT still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still late morning on North Scrape
Norfolk 10.Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh in bare field north of Church Farm from clifftop path at 10.30am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Welney WWT
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Gramborough Hill over marsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 9.50am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (both ads) y'day Cley NWT still late a'noon