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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 Friday 5th April 2019

At least one Red Kite was seen both morning and afternoon drifting over the grazing marshes, two Ruff were at the first NWT hide and 2 Med Gulls flew past the car park hide, and a Peregrine was of interest. Two Swallows were of note, 4 Cetti's Warbler were recorded and 16 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps were seen. Three Stonechats were of interest and a Rock Pipit and 6 Siskins were logged.

A Green Hairstreak was around the reserve and 2 Peacocks were also present.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh near Joe Jordan Hide at 3.21pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk 12.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+Cattle Egret Great White Egret). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Cley flew west past beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT in flight from car park mid a'noon IP26 4NQ
Norfolk possible Eastern Stonechat sp Kelling Heath on north side of railway at 11.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at high tide
Norfolk no sign of ad.Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB by late morning but Great White Egret west of track
Norfolk no news on Hoopoe Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Ring Ouzel reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew flew north over Yarmouth Road Cemetery at 9.35pm [heard only]