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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 8th May 2021

A rotten day with strong winds and heavy rain throughout, a Great White Egret was glimpsed at the back of the marsh and Whinchat, Arctic Tern and Ring Ouzel were reported in the recording area.

In the moth traps a Buff Tip, 2 Muslins and a Norther Drab were caught, while a further 6 Emperor Moths hatched for the cocoons.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Spoonbill Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 3.01pm from river bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male still 11.50am just east of Wells 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 Ring Ouzel Holme +Arctic Tern
Norfolk no further sign of male.Golden Oriole Wiveton in gardens at Leatherpool Lane late morning NR25 7TF
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male just east of Wells 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 Ring Ouzel West Runton
Norfolk Golden Oriole male singing Wiveton in gardens at Leatherpool Lane NR25 7TF
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still
Norfolk Spoonbill Buckenham Marshes RSPB from hide at 8.06am
Norfolk Little Stint Salthouse still 7.49am by Iron Road
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 3.Dotterel (male +2.fems) c1/2ml NNW of Hockwold cum Wilton off B1112 early morning cTL.722.889
Norfolk 3.Garganey Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh at c8am
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh again near west end of pines
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on west pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on west pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.drk) y'day Snettisham Coastal Park on sea NW of north end of Heacham Dam +2.Turtle Doves 3.Spoonbills
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT on The Serpentine
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh still 6.30am
Norfolk Little Stint Salthouse still by Iron Road at 6.30am