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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 Tuesday 13th April 2021

A very cold start. A White Wagtail was at Gore Point and Whimbrel, Cuckoo, Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Swallows, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Stonechats, 2 Bramblings and 2 Siskins were also noted during the day.

In the moth traps a Common Quaker, 3 Hebrew Characters and a Red Chestnut were caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 1+Water Pipit Hickling Broad NWT still on pools by path to Stubb Mill
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes still midway along SW margin at 2.49pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Snettisham still at Ken Hill Marsh from inner sea wall 500yds north of car park
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again 1.20pm flew west past beach car park
Norfolk 4.Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still +Lesser White-fronted Goose
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again flew west past beach car park at 12.35pm
Norfolk Common Crane flew west over Holkham at 12.45pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Weybourne Camp still on beach in morning
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew north over Weybourne at c12.05pm
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes over Wells till 11.35am then flew high south +lost to view
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes just east of Wells flew west at 11.27am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on main washland at 11.03am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm just east of Wells till c10.40am over North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance then flew SE. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Blakeney flew over Friary Hills NT at 11.05am
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes flew west over Blakeney at 11.04am
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at 10.56am
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes flew west over Sheringham towards ridge at c10.51am
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes flew west over West Runton at c10.47am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm just east of Wells flew east over North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at c10.35am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew south over Wells Woods at 10.15am
Norfolk 3.Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh north of Church Farm in ploughed field west of gun emplacements TG.374.317
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew east over Holkham Freshmarsh towards Wells at 9.55am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 8.31am
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts West Runton on fence by Dormy House Hotel at 7.49am NR27 9QA
Norfolk Short-eared Owl flew NW over Sidestrand +out to sea at 7.45am
Norfolk 5.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Grasshopper Warbler Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes