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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 20th April 2019

A beautiful day with a few migrants still moving, highlights were 2 Eider and 2 Common Scoter offshore together with 4 Sandwich Terns passing, a Red Kite, 14 Whimbrel flew over calling, a Black-tailed Godwit and 12 Ruff were on the grazing marsh, Barn and Short-eared Owl were seen during the day, 5 Sand Martins and 12 Swallows flew through and 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler singing, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Sedge Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels on the NWT, 2 Stonechats, 6 + Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, one Tree Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Redpolls all recorded.



Male Emperor Moth hatched during the day and a Water Carpet was the highlight in the moth traps


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 4.21pm viewable from scrape
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels y'day Hemsby +Long-eared Owl
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 5.10pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes in field north of main track near tin hut from Weaver's Way. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 11+Arctic Terns still early evng Filby Broad +fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Whinchat male Burnham Overy Dunes towards Gun Hill at 4.57pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 4pm in horse paddock opposite church. Great White Egret flew west at 3.50pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB on main scrape from hide at 3.50pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes +Great White Egret
Norfolk Purple Sand y'day Hunstanton still on beach between groynes.13 +14 at 7.37am
Norfolk 3.Garganey (2.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning +8.Common Cranes flew over. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Burnham Overy Dunes still 1.35pm 200yds west of pines
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 1.57pm in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk c30.Arctic Terns Filby Broad at west end
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1.27pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes from bench by main track. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 12.50pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2+Little Gulls Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme Dunes still
Norfolk no sign of Slav Grebe Filby Broad but fem.Scaup
Norfolk Goshawk ad.male Sculthorpe Moor NR again 12.41pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Thursday Hemsby
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk 2.Black Terns y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton at plantation late morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Belton Marshes
Norfolk Firecrest Burnham Overy Dunes in hawthorn at start of boardwalk at 10.45am
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still late morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston still 10.55am in horse paddock near church
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Heacham
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still +Spoonbill. probable Siberian Chiffchaff just west of pines
Norfolk Redstart male Snettisham Coastal Park in cleared area at 8am
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 10.25am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from south bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water +4.Little Gulls 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still in field opposite start of inner bank to Heacham
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Morston in horse paddock opposite church
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT from coast path
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at Beeston Bump on sports field
Norfolk 2.Redstarts Wells Wood: 1.in scrub west of Dell, male at north end of Dell
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side (+2.drk.Garganey 3.Common Cranes Great White Egret). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Black Redstart Titchwell in paddock by farm machinery
Norfolk Redstart Wells Wood in scrub west of Dell
Norfolk Spoonbill flew NE over Heacham