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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 3rd April 2021

A Spoonbill was on the Broadwater and 2 Black Redstarts were seen in the car park area. On the sea 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a single Gannet were noted. In the pines at least 6 Bramblings and 2 Siskins were counted, and 8 Chiffchaffs were heard.

In the moth trap single Hebrew Character and Small Quaker were caught.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Holme Dunes on pool on marsh at 2.54pm
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Holme Dunes by car park at 2.30pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still from boardwalk
Norfolk Little Gull Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at 11.30am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Salthouse along shingle ridge
Norfolk 8.Garganey (6.drks) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide
Norfolk 7.Garganey (5.drks) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 12.16pm
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Martham in garden
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still 11.56am +2.Little Gulls
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags still on beach
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 3.Black Redstarts Titchwell still in horse paddocks TF.753.438
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Norfolk 7.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB