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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 24th March 2019

A beautiful day at the Obs, highlights were 11 Eiders, 1 Common Scoter, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Fulmars, 9Great Crested Grebes and a Red-necked Grebe, with 3 Red Kites, 7 Marsh Harriers, 13 Buzzards, 14 Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 130 Redshank and a Snipe of note around the marshes, 2 Barn Owls hunting during the day, a Peregrine, a Woodlark east, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a female Stonechat along the east bank, a male Wheatear on the NWT reserve, and 12 Crossbills seen briefly in the pines.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes flew north over concrete blocks
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 1.25pm in tree opposite visitor centre
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese still Welney WWT (+Spoonbill Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still early a'noon Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still 12.40pm in tree opposite visitor centre viewed from metal gate
Norfolk Great White Egret Claxton Marshes viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.15pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham Gap flew east along beach
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still near North Scrape
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still in tree opposite visitor centre at 11.45am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Burnham Norton near village +Great White Egret
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Salthouse
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Happisburgh
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.25am
Norfolk Black Redstart Happisburgh just north of church along Blacksmiths Lane in hedge south of coastguards
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 10.15am +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (ad +sub-ad) Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10.10am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still offshore +3.Slav Grebes 3.Great Northern Divers 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Happisburgh on post opposite church at 9.30am
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley still off beach car park +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap (+3.Long-tailed Ducks offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3+Velvet Scoters Burnham Overy Dunes still off Gun Hill +ringtail.Hen Harrier
Norfolk 26.Russian White-fronted Geese Winterton flew out to sea