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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 Wednesday 20th March 2019

Bird of the day without a doubt, White-tailed Eagle ! The bird was initially spotted along the coast near Sheringham. It worked its way west and eventually, albeit distantly, became viewable from the Observatory as it headed for and along Ringstead Ridge. Other birds seen today included two Crossbills, Siskin, Tree Sparrow and there was a report of a House Martin.

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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey flew west over Nelson Head track at 8.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 4.Wheatears Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard ad.fem Weeting Heath NWT still 1.28pm (for 17th day)
Norfolk: NWT meeting tomorrow at 7.30pm at Cley Village Hall. Featuring Geroge Baldock 'Cley and Salthouse Marshes, a warden's perspective'. Entry £3, £2 members
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Heacham on south side flew over A149/ Lamsey Lane junction at 12.55pm (not 1.33pm)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Heacham on south side flew over Lamsey Lane at c1.33pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier Thornham at 12.46pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Weeting Heath NWT north of road from car park 12.55-1.10pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Old Hunstanton Park at 12.55pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Ringstead flew over Courtyard Farm at 12.41pm (+ringtail Hen Harrier)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Thornham flew west over A149 at 12.36pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew SW over Titchwell RSPB at 12.30pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Burnham Overy Dunes at 12.02pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew west over Holkham Freshmarsh at 11.57am
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from main observatory at 11.38am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew over Glandford at 11.18am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Morston at 11.29am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle between Weybourne +Sheringham flew west over ridge at 11am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.30am then flew south over Grimston Warren
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle Sidestrand flew west over ridge at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Berney Marshes RSPB. Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk 21.Shorelarks Holkham Bay again east of Holkham Gap at 9.23am TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool. Whiter Wagtail in paddock. ringtail Hen Harrier on saltmarsh