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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 10th April 2021

On the sea today a Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Sandwich Terns were noted. Other highlights included 2 Red Kites, 60 Golden Plover, a single Whimbrel west, 4 Med Gulls, a Cuckoo, 3 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Sedge Warbler, a Ring Ouzel on the Golf Course, a Fieldfare flying over the east bank, 4 Bramblings and 6 Siskins.

In the moth traps an Early Thorn, 3 Hebrew Characters, a Clouded Drab, Pine Beauty and Small Qaker were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still 3.30pm at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad +ad.Kittiwake
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle over Horsey Mere at 3.17pm
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still east of East Bank on Pope's Marsh at 2.55pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Winterton north of Bramble Hill gap on groyne.45 at 2.55pm
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey still 12.10pm on logs north of Nelson Head track
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Horsey still 11.10am flew to trees in field north of Nelson Head track
Norfolk 5.Garganey (4.drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle between Horsey +Winterton still 9.30am landed at Somerton Holmes TG.470.215
Norfolk 11.Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh north of Church Farm in ploughed field west of gun emplacements at 9.33am TG.372.318
Norfolk 8.Garganey (5.drks) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Tower Hide
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Hunstanton on golf course at 16th hole
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Beeston Bump on south side cTG.169.430
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle between Horsey +Winterton from Bramble Hill at 8am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 6+Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still