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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 Saturday 16th March 2019

Moth traps were surprisingly busy today despite the gales, with 2 Mottled Grey, 5 Hebrew Characters, 6 Common Quakers, 1 Chestnut, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Red Chestnut, and 1 Dotted Border.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks below Crown pub
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea off beach car park this a'noon
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide early a'noon
Norfolk 7+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll y'day 1.5mls west of Fakenham still south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape late morning. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk east to church, north along Church Lane to bend then east on track, north thru wood +east NR29 5LW
Norfolk White Wagtail Kelling Quags briefly then flew east
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank at 10.53am
Norfolk 16.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle ridge by Arnold's Marsh. Short-eared Owl still mid morning at North Scrape +1w.Spoonbill still on Billy's Wash
Norfolk White Wagtail Winterton Dunes in car park
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 10.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Cattle Egret again). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes again viewed from bank
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flushed near North Screen at 9.15am. 1w.Spoonbill still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east past Cley NWT at 9.15am