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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 Tuesday 1st June 2021

Another find day weather wise at the Observatory. Bird activity was minimal and the moth traps were also quiet, with the catch comprising of Green Carpet, Chocolate Tip, Treble Lines, Cinnabar and two Small Elephant Hawk moths. 

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 2.15pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk 3+Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park still +Spoonbill
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 12.23pm opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail again c11.50am west of Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Osprey Potter Heigham flew over church towards Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk harrier sp (probably Hen Harrier) ringtail still 10.45am west of Stiffkey Fen flew east towards Blakeney Point
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Snettisham Coastal Park at Ken Hill Marsh on pools from old sea wall at 10.36am +2.Little Gulls still
Norfolk Garganey drk just NE of Burnham Overy on pool from coast path at 10.16am
Norfolk harrier sp (probably Hen Harrier) ringtail west of Stiffkey Fen on saltings at 10.24am +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 10.11am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 9.10am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 8.24am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad y'day Filby Broad flew north over road bridge towards Ormesby Little Broad in morning
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Snettisham Coastal Park still at Ken Hill Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still 7.45am opposite visitor centre
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male Cley NWT still opposite visitor centre at 6.45am