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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 Monday 8th April 2019

Two Swallows flew along the east bank, a Red Kite drifted over the village early morning and the same or another was present in the afternoon. Four Siskins, 3 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 9 Ruff, and 6 Black-tailed Godwits were of note in the recording area, and offshore an Eider and a Great Northern Diver were of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 3.40pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Hoopoe still 2.44pm Winterton Dunes NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still mid a'noon in grass field 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB on bank east of Parrinder Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Welney WWT between Nelson-Lyle Hide +Lyle Hide this a'noon. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1pm Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes 500yds south of cafe NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hobby Gorleston flew north over Cliff Hill at 6.40am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Upton Marshes NWT still mid morning
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.13pm Winterton south of Beach Road in trees east of Hermanus Centre NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Claxton Marshes still 10am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Barton Broad this morning +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.30am Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes south of cafe then flew north
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham 1/2ml SE of Shangri-La chalet in newly sown grass field
Norfolk no further sign of Hoopoe Winterton Dunes by 11.49am (but Black Redstart still at Low Road)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 9.10am then flew west
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes on ridge 500yds south of cafe
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Winterton Dunes by 9.08am
Norfolk Smew redhead still Ormesby Broad
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey flew north over dunes