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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 Thursday 1st April 2021

A drastic change from the previous two days, with cold north-easterlies chilling the marrow! Highlights were 2 Red Kites drifting east along the back of Drove Orchards, 38 Med Gulls on the Broadwater, a female Peregrine hunting, 8+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Sand Martins, single Stonechat and Wheatear, and 15+ Bramblings in the pines. Two Ring Ouzels were seen in the dunes on the NWT reserve.

In the moth traps a Common Quaker, Northern Drab, 6 Small Quakers, a Dotted Chestnut, Early Thorn and Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) were of note.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT between pillbox +field south of horse paddock at 2.15pm
Norfolk no sign of male.Little Bunting c2mls west of Castle Acre at West Acre in area with no general access this a'noon
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls c2mls west of Castle Acre at West Acre
Norfolk Little Bunting male c2mls west of Castle Acre at West Acre at 7.20am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still
Norfolk Cattle Egret 1.5mls west of Hockwold Washes in cattle field between Little Ouse River +Cowle's Drove at 1.29pm TL.693.866
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still 12.45pm
Norfolk 5.Garganey (4.drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Common Scoters (1.drk) Ormesby Little Broad at midday
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm 1ml NE of Narborough circled over Narford Lake at 11.50am then flew NW
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool from hide late morning
Norfolk 4.Garganey (3.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bank at east end near The Holt at 10.37am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Felbrigg Hall NT still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT near bunker at 10.28am
Norfolk Garganey drk 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bank at east end at 10.20am tho distant. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls y'day Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk Cuckoo y'day Kelling Heath
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Weybourne at Coastguard Cottages
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Kelling Quags
Norfolk Little Gull Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk Black Redstart y'day Sheringham