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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 5th May 2021

An Osprey west offshore early morning, was very much the highlight of the day. Two Spoonbills, two Ring Ouzels and a count of 12 Wheatears were also noteworthy. Sea watching produced four Arctic Skuas, two Eider, two Gannets and over a 1000 distant Common Scoter.

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Norfolk Wood Sand Dickleburgh Moor NR still this a'noon TM.173.831
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley Marshes RSPB still 9.30am tho elusive
Norfolk Wood Sand Dickleburgh Moor NR still this morning TM.173.831
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 8.50am. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Winterton South Beach this morning (Also Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Waxham still 11.20am on groyne.18 
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Hickling Broad NWT still from track to Stubb Mill
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Holme Dunes
Norfolk Whinchat West Runton at Rocky Bottom at 8.45am
Norfolk Osprey Titchwell RSPB flew west over sea at 9.11am
Norfolk 4.Purple Sands Waxham on groynes.17-21 at 8.30am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels near Sheringham still at Beeston Regis in paddock south of railway at 7.58am +Whinchat
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels just north of Burnham Norton by track on marsh at 7.54am