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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 23rd March 2019

Highlights on the sea today were 16 Eiders, 38 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Northern Divers, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. A Little Ringed Plover was on the NWT pools together with a single Ruff, and two Barn Owls were hunting, with a kettle of 12 Buzzards up along the ridge. A male Firecrest was trapped and ringed, with 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a single Wheatear on the grazing marsh, and over the Obs a single Brambling, 2 Redpolls and 3 Siskins, a Yellowhammer, and along the sea wall towards Thornham a Water Pipit was showing well near the compound.

Male Firecrest in the hand - Holme Bird Obs, March 2019

Four Sand Martins were seen at Redwell Marsh, and in the moth traps 16 Hebrew Characters, 2 Dotted Borders, 4 Shoulder-Stripe, 13 Small Quakers, 2 Common Quakers, 2 Pine Beauties, and 2 Red Chestnuts were recorded.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT from Friends Hide at 3.37pm (drk.Scaup still from Lyle Hide)
Norfolk Black Redstart male Great Yarmouth still by Haven Holiday Camp entrance at 3.05pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Rockland Broad still on marsh on east side this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk no news on Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT since 11am
Norfolk 1+Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret Spoonbill Cattle Egret)
Norfolk no further sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track
Norfolk 2.Firecrests Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv over Calthorpe Broad at 11.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Brograve Levels at 11.30am then circled north c1ml inland of Waxham at 11.45am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 11am over opposite fields
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) Wells Woods in birches just west of lake near fork in track (Firecrest in SE corner of The Dell in yew)
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy off Gun Hill at 9.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Breydon Water again flew north at 10.44am
Norfolk/ Suffolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew towards Belton at 10.22am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB 100yds south of Rotary Hide viewed from opposite side of scrape at 10.11am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins at 9.40am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no news on Little Bunting Weybourne Camp (no news on any further access). Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Waveney Forest at 9.42am
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton in Low Road paddocks at 8.55am
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Breydon Water then south over Burgh Castle at 9.40am
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey still 9.17am then flew towards Winterton
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley off coastguards at 8.55am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey again on seaward side of Horsey Mill at 8.56am
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey near Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey on seaward side of road near Horsey Mill
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +12.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1w y'day still Blakeney in Langham Road garden then taken by Sparrowhawk
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea +7.Great Northern Divers Slav Grebe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still from car park at 7.15am
Norfolk 8.Tundra Bean Geese y'day still Welney WWT north of Friends Hide at 2.30pm (drk.Scaup from Lyle Hide at 3.30pm +showing well. Great White Egret at Lady Fen at 2pm. 2.Cattle Egrets south of Bank Farm at Hundred Foot dam at 1.30pm)