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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 Friday 15th February 2019

At least 4 Red Kites passed over and two Peregrines were also noted. Three Barn Owls were hunting during the afternoon, one near the Broadwater, one near Thornham Harbour and a third near the village hides. On the grazing marshes over 1000 Lapwings and 400 Golden Plover were still present, and on the sea highlights included 10 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, and 14 Great Crested Grebes. Two Stonechats were on the NWT dunes reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Burnham Norton towards Burnham Overy Staithe at 3.12pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Somerton Holmes mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Willow Tits Sculthorpe Moor NR along main drain behind Whitley Hide at 2.40pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still 1.27pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk possible Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island from mound in Waveney Forest at 1.12pm then flew west (+ringtail.Hen Harrier flew north at 1.20pm) TG.457.011
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Beeston Common still near large ash tree at end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still c1/2ml east of East Bank on seal carcass at 12.25pm (+46.Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at midday
Norfolk 6.Water Pipits 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +Great White Egret 2.Common Cranes 74.Russian White-fronted Geese. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 11am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR from bank near fishermen's car park
Norfolk 20+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in hornbeams
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 8.30am