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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 Saturday 13th April 2019

A Red Kite drifted over and 2 adult Med Gulls were on the grazing marsh. A Short-eared Owl was on the NWT near the forestry, and 4 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 male Ring Ouzels (one singing near the NWT centre), 2 Stonechats along the east bank, a Brambling in the pines and 2 Siskins over calling were the highlights today.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 3.43pm
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB circling as viewed from Reception Hide at 3.05pm
Norfolk Shorelark Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes at 3pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2.10pm Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk 2.Ospreys Rockland Broad from hide at 1.52pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 1.50pm from hide
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham flew south over Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.50pm Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes tho mobile NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west over Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.40pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still Morston 400yds west of Morston Quay in hedge south of coast path at 12.30pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still early a'noon on far side from hide
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still from viewpoint at midday
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes at 11.15am NR29 4DD
Norfolk probable Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR from approach road drifted south at 11.25am NR21 9GN
Norfolk no sign of Great Grey Shrike Morston west of Morston Quay (but Black Redstart still in horse paddock near church)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB off Thornham Point mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path at 9.50am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 9.20am at west end
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad till c8.25am then flew towards Strumpshaw
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 8.10am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Breydon Water North Wall near windpump