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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 25th March 2019

A major movement of Kittiwakes took place with 809 west in 4 and a quarter hours and 11 Eiders, 4 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 13 Fulmars, 5 Gannets and 9 Great Crested Grebes also recorded offshore. Also of note today were 3 Spoonbills which landed on the NWT grazing marshes, 14 Pink-feet, 11 Ruff, an adult Med Gull, one Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats on the east bank and 11 Siskins in the pines.

In the moth traps an Oak Beauty, 6 Small Quakers, 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Common Quaker, 2 Clouded Drabs, a Powdered Quaker and a Pine Beauty were present.

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Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks opposite Mo early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Waxham +Firecrest
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (all ads) flew over Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 8.30am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north past Winterton
Norfolk 11+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT this a'noon (+Spoonbill still). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Spoonbill Berney Marshes RSPB late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in wood opposite visitor centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Cattle Egret 3.5mls WNW of Great Yarmouth by A47 Acle Straight north of Britannia Farm at 7.37am TG.478.089 NR30 1TH
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets y'day still Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 by suspension bridge mid a'noon PE14 9TF
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still Salthouse just south of A149 on feeder in garden at 7.35am
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Island Hide. Jack Snipe Patsys Pool
Norfolk 5.Slav Grebes y'day Titchwell RSPB on sea