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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 15th May 2021

A cool overcast day with light rain throughout, highlights were a Gannet, 3 Little Terns, 38 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns on the seawatch, and migrants included 13 Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl high east over the grazing marsh, 25+ Swifts, 8 Swallows, 10 House Martins, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 6 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, 7+ Wheatears, and a Tree Pipit in the dunes.

Moths in the traps were a Small Elephant Hawk, 4 Northern Drabs, a Buff Tip and a Muslin Moth. 


Small Elephant Hawk Moth

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Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk Turtle Dove Sheringham
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on The Wash at 1.26pm
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (1.ad) Wells on freshmarsh at 1.43pm
Norfolk probable Red-rumped Swallow Cley NWT over East Bank briefly this morning then flew west
Norfolk Spoonbill Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at c1.45pm
Norfolk 2+Grey-headed Wagtails (both males) still 1pm Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marshes between coast path +wood
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Horsey Gap
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew SE over Blakeney Point
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Blakeney Freshmarsh at 10.54am
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT still at Brendan's Marsh +2.Garganey still
Norfolk Osprey Blofield flew north over A47 towards Hemblington Church
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still near Washington Hide at 9.45am
Norfolk 3.Grey-headed Wagtails (all males) still Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marshes between coast path +wood
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again on beach east of beach car park
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse still between Iron Road +Beach Road on ground at 7.48am