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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 31st March 2019

A quiet day with a sharp north-easterly. A flock of 14 Pink-feet were still on the grazing marshes and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank. Two Redwings flew over calling early morning and 2 Chiffchaffs were singing around the reserve.

Peacock and Orange Tip were around the Observatory, with Early Thorn, Pine Beauty, 5 Clouded Drabs, 4 Common Quakers, 7 Small Quakers, and 5 Hebrew Characters in the moth traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret drk.Scaup). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 1.55pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on seal carcass early a'noon
Norfolk Black Guillemot flew east past Cley at c11.15am +Great Northern Diver flew west
Norfolk 11.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT still
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Weeting Heath NWT still north of visitor centre
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes from gate near building along main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no sign of any Garganey Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park on Little Broad
Norfolk 2+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Haddiscoe Marsh