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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 20th April 2021

At least five Grasshopper Warblers were reeling around the recording area today, with a notable increase in the number Blackcap, Whitethroat and Willow Warblers present too. Two Redstarts, two Lesser Whitethroat and single  Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail and  Peregrine were also recorded. The first Green Hairstreaks were noted and other Butterflies recorded were Brimstone, Small White and Peacock.

Grasshopper Warbler

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Buckenham Marshes RSPB from fishermen's car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Serin flew west over Beeston Bump at c1.55pm (not east)
Norfolk 2+Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Serin flew east over Beeston Bump at c1.55pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem SW of Burnham Market flew south over Muckleton this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool near mill at 1.20pm
Norfolk Glaucous or Iceland Gull imm flew east past Beeston Bump at 12.30pm
Norfolk Wryneck 1ml east of Cley still late morning at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Attleborough late morning
Norfolk 28+Whimbrel Loddon in cattle field between Hardley/ Langley +Hardley Street
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT flew east over East Bank at 10.30am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad still 10.25am
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Ludham flew over Ludham Marsh at 9.58am
Norfolk Wryneck 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA flew east along north side mid morning
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still from bridge at 9.49am
Norfolk Wryneck still Cley on NE side by A149 in garden at 8.52am
Norfolk Little Gull ad Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad at 8.40am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still in 1st field east of NT car park from coast path at 8.27am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels flew SE over Sidestrand
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 7.45am