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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 Wednesday 14th April 2021

More signs of Spring today with a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, calling Cuckoo and a Whitethroat caught and ringed along the East Bank this morning. Mediterranean Gulls continued to increase in number with 43 counted this morning, a Peregrine was on the beach and a Rock Pipit at Gore Point. 

Four moths in the traps, 2 Hebrew Character, March Moth and Common Quaker. 

Common Whitethroat


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Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Burnham Overy Staithe in field west of sea wall at 2.48pm
Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells still 2.52pm at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance in SE corner. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Breydon Water still 1.15pm at east end at mouth of River Bure by Asda car park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren at Tony Hallatt Memorial Reserve
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Breydon Water at east end at mouth of River Bure at 11.20am
Norfolk Little Gull 1w Burnham Norton on saltmarsh viewed from sea wall at 10.59am
Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells again 9.50am at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes west of 1st gate along track
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags flew east over beach at 9.35am
Norfolk 10.Crossbills Kelling Heath in pnes 50yds south of large car park at 9.25am
Norfolk Osprey Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh then flew to fishing ponds at Shepherds Port
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh at west end in cattle field viewed from A149 layby at 7.38am TF.870.450
Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 6.50am then flew north. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431