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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 12th May 2021

At least four Hobby were hawking over the grazing marsh and a Peregrine was watched interacting with the Marsh Harriers over the marsh too. A single Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipits, at least 19 Wheatears and 4 Yellow Wagtails were also recorded. A count of 292 Sandwich Terns were made during sea watches along with 10 Little and 6 Common Terns.

Butterflies recorded included 2 Painted Ladies, 10 Wall Browns and 8 Green Hairstreak.

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Norfolk Osprey Thompson Water briefly 2.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still 3.05pm with cattle north of Friary Hills NT
Norfolk Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 3pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT at Brendan's Marsh
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh still 1.03pm from Friary Hills
Norfolk Cattle Egret Blakeney Freshmarsh at west end late morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Deepdale in ditch on saltmarsh at 9.49am tho elusive
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Holme Dunes NWT still 10.47am +showing well
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT flew west over East Bank at 9.25am
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 9.53am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Breydon Water
Norfolk Little Stint just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Wood Sand. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT at Brendan's Marsh (but Spotted Redshank 5.Garganey (4.drks)
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day flew south over Hunstanton Cliffs early morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB flew east over reedbed at 7.08am