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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 29th March 2019

A bright and sunny day with a light southerly breeze, a few migrants were seen with 4 Sandwich Terns passing west offshore, a Swallow through west and at least one Crossbill in the pines in the NWT car park. A pair of adult Med Gulls flew high over the Observatory and at least 10 Chiffchaffs were recorded during the day. A group of 16 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh, and 2 Blackcaps were heard. Seven Siskins flew over the pines calling.

In the moth traps 4 Clouded Drabs, an Early Thorn, 7 Small Quakers, a Common Quaker and 15 Hebrew Characters were counted, and butterflies included 8 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a male Orange-tip.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey +Great White Egret
Norfolk Crossbill fem Blakeney at Blakeney Manor Hotel in old oak tree at 3.30pm
Norfolk Little Ringed Plover Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh still 2.30pm +4+Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap on saltmarsh near roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still 1.15pm at Whitlingham Ctry Park on south side of Little Broad as viewed from east east tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Blakeney Point at Plantation this a'noon +Short-eared Owl over dunes
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in pines opposite entrance at 11.25am then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Little Broad at 11.19am
Norfolk Spoonbill Burnham Overy Dunes on grazing marsh by sea wall at 11am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Norton Marsh mid morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Stiffkey on saltmarsh from car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes still at 8.15am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew east over Sidestrand at 7.22am