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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 Thursday 14th February 2019

A ring-tail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine were hunting over the marsh and there were early signs of migration with 12 Red Kites drifting through, over 50 Meadow Pipits counted during the day and single Brambling, Siskin, 3 Pied Wagtails, 4 Stonechats, over 1600 Lapwings and 400 Golden Plover one the grazing marshes. Two Slavonian Grebes and 7 Long-tailed Ducks were reported on the sea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still this a'noon +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv flew south over Titchwell RSPB at 2.28pm
Norfolk 3.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk Hooded Crow Upton Marshes NWT this morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just south of suspension bridge at 1pm PE14 9TF
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Holme Dunes still on sea +7.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle east of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR from bank near fishermen's car park at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Dartford Warblers Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still +Great White Egret
Norfolk 8+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) Holme Dunes NWT late morning
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at 10.45am
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 8am TF.896.458
Norfolk Firecrest Winterton North Dunes in plantation +showing well
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll on Tuesday Pensthorpe Natural Park at midday
Norfolk 1+Mealy Redpoll y'day Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley in field north of drying barns at 9.26am TF.759.423
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Clippesby
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour by coal barn