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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 Sunday 10th March 2019

A gathering of over 2000 Black-headed Gulls on the grazing marshes contained at least 8 Med Gulls, with 225 Golden Plover also on the marsh and 11 Avocets also of interest. A Red Kite drifted over the village and a Chiffchaff emerged after the rain, in the Tamarisk bushes in front of the Observatory. Two Barn Owls were hunting.

The moths traps were surprisingly busy with 3 Pine Beauties, a Dotted Chestnut, 2 Mottled Greys, 5 Hebrew Characters, a Small Quaker, an Oak Beauty, 4 Common Quakers, 4 Dotted Borders, an Early Grey and a Common Flat-body all recorded.

Oak Beauty and Dotted Chestnut - in the moth traps today

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still (+Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk probable Iceland Gull 2w Walcott on beach opposite Kingfisher Cafe at 1.15pm
Norfolk Sooty S'water Sheringham lingering offshore at 1.05pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still early a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+2.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still on sea
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney at Gold Hill still by A1101 opposite bungalow just west of suspension bridge at 10.30am PE14 9TF
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Great Ryburgh
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Choseley drying barns still 10.35am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid morning 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+3.Mealy Redpolls still) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads) y'day Cley NWT still between beach car park +North Scrape on Billy's Wash
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins (+Mealy Redpoll still). Reserve open NR21 9GN