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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 Sunday 23rd May 2021

A fine start but with an increasingly strong breeze and rain in the afternoon. On the sea 2 Fulmars, a Little Tern, 21 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns were recorded, with 5 Kittiwakes also passing offshore. A White-rumped Swift species was reported over the NWT at 11.30 and flew south west. A flock of 115 Brent Geese were seen flying off in the morning, and 200+ Swifts were feeding around the recording area, with 2 Cuckoos and 2 Turtle Doves also of note.

Just two moths today; a Yellow Belle and Northern Drab. A Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly and Speckled Wood were also seen.

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Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools still 2.20pm TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Holme in garden at Broadwater Road
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.02pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh again 2.09pm
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB on saltwater pool at 1.04pm then flew west
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh early evng
Norfolk probable White-rumped Swift Holme Dunes NWT at 11.30am then flew SW
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Temminck's Stint till 10.05am Salters Lode at Bank Farm then flew off
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Salters Lode at Bank Farm at 9.48am
Norfolk swift sp with white rump flew west past Weybourne Camp at 8.20am
Norfolk swift sp with white rump Cley NWT near Walsey Hills again 8.45am
Norfolk Golden Oriole flew west over Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west at 8.04am
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Holme in village car park in evng
Norfolk Golden Oriole east of Beeston Regis flew west at 7.05am