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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 March 2019

A group of 20 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marshes, and 120 Brents were also present, together with 250 Wigeon, 5 Pochard and 7 Tufted Ducks on the Broadwater. A Water Rail was in front of the Dell Hide, with 100 Curlew and 2 Avocets around the Broadwater. At least 35 Meadow Pipits and, 4 Pied Wagtails were on the move, with 13 Twite still in Thornham Harbour, a Siskin west and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

In the moth trap 4 Common Quakers, 2 Hebrew Characters, a Dotted Border, Mottled Grey and one Diurnea flagella were recorded.

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Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Cockley Cley in garden
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 12.Mealy Redpolls Cockley Cley in garden this morning
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Water Meadow at 11.30am
Norfolk no sign of any Black Redstarts Winterton at Hermanus Restuarant but 2.White Wagtails in paddocks by Low Road
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott till 12.20pm at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub then flew south NR12 0LS
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Walcott again at Walcott Road in field opposite Poachers Pocket pub at 12.07pm NR12 0LS
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 11.45am (+2.Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (1.male)) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Slav Grebe flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.25am +2.White Wagtails flew west
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 under suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Wymondham at abbey at 8.12am then flew north
Norfolk 5+Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +17.Russian White-fronted Geese 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches on Wednesday still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk 13.Twite y'day Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll on Wednesday 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN