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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 22nd February 2019

Spring had definitely sprung today with 2 Red Kites drifting over the reserve and on the sea 3 Pintail, 17 Long-tailed Ducks, 43 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 21 Great Crested Grebes, a Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Guillemots and a Kittiwake. Also of note were a Water Rail calling, an adult Med Gull over east, 3 Barn Owls, a Tawny Owl, 4+ Stonechats and 2 Crossbills in the pines during the morning.

Butterflies were on the wing with a Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone and Comma all seen during the day.

A drake Pintail was on Redwell Marsh

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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at c12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew high west over Brancaster Staithe at 1.02pm
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea on ebbing tide +showing well +7.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton still by promenade at groyne.3 at 10.46am
Norfolk 2.Black-necked Grebes Thornham Point on sea +Long-tailed Duck 2.Slav Grebes Black-throated Diver 4.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton briefly 7.30am then flew west (+Woodlark flew over)
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) reported still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN