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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th February 2019

A Great Northern Diver was on the sea early morning. On the reserve Stonechats were easily seen with seven on the east bank and at least two more along the approach road. Fourteen Twite were still present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Water Pipit 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +3.Great White Egrets 68.Russian White-fronted Geese Hen Harrier. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 11am but no sign this a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass at 1pm
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Holme NOA on sea behind observatory
Norfolk Glossy Ibis flew over Cockley Cley late morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea mid morning
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes 4+Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 19+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again over Thornham Marsh