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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.



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.

Tuessday 16th May 2017


Another blustery day, which made for a challenging day. An obvious small passage of Swifts and Hirundines through the morning was evident and notable sightings again included a singing Turtle Dove along the approach road near Redwell Marsh, a single Yellow wagtail west and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler briefly on the NWT reserve.

Singing Turtle Dove - Holme Bird Obs, May 2017

Displaying Turtle Dove - Holme Bird Observatory, May 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk no further sign of male.Grey-headed Wagtail Cley NWT in Eye Field this a'noon
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 1.50pm Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape. From Potter Heigham church walk N along lane to sharp bend then E on track +then N thru wood+E
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 1.30pm 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh cTG.060.439
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 1pm 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh cTG.060.439
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB flew over freshmarsh
Norfolk 8.Dotterel still 12.15pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley. Park at drying barns then walk west along footpath for 1/3ml +view south
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 12.10pm 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh cTG.060.439
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Norton Marsh still
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint (+Osprey over at 11.05am
Norfolk White Stork y'day Harleston at 12.30pm cTM.234.843
Norfolk Garganey drk Potter Heigham Marshes still 11am +7.Spoonbills escaped fem.Bufflehead
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT in Eye Field with cattle late morning
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 10.20am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh cTG.060.439
Norfolk 8.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley at 9.35am. Park at drying barns then walk west along footpath for 1/3ml
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 9.30am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh cTG.060.439
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 9am. From Potter Heigham church walk N along lane to sharp bend then E on track +then N thru wood+E
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters still Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Kelling Quags briefly
Norfolk 7.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley at 8.15am. Park at drying barns then walk west along footpath for 1/3ml
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still in car park. Spoonbill Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Holme still at start of reserves approach road at 8am
Norfolk repeat: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh at 7.55am
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing Walsey Hills NOA in willows at back of Snipe's Marsh at 7.55am