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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 Monday 18th February 2019

On the sea today 400 Wigeon, 8 Eiders, 2 drake Long-tailed Ducks, a drake Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea, a Black-throated Diver flying past east and landing west of Titchwell beach at 3pm, 9 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were also of interest. Two Red Kites drifted west over the grazing marshes, and the Tawny Owl was calling near the Observatory in the afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+25.Snow Buntings Long-tailed Duck 6.Spoonbills) TF.896.458
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT again
Norfolk no sign of Little Bunting Weybourne Camp. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.25pm 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+5.Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hooded Crow reported Winterton by Commissioners Dyke
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Thornham Point this a'noon
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still late morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still) NR21 9GN
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
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still at west end of Sea Pool on seal carcass at 9.45am (+40+Snow Buntings still on shingle at east end of Arnold's Marsh)
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Beeston Common near end of bungalows on east path
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea. Spotted Redshank still on Volunteer Marsh