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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 Sunday 7th April 2019

A foggy and frustrating day with poor visibility throughout. A male Wheatear was on the east bank with a pair of Stonechats, and Blackcap and Chiffchaff were on the reserve. Four Med Gulls were noted and 2 Siskins flew over calling.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Smew redhead Ormesby Broad just east of A149 bridge at 2.10pm
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1.43pm Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes on path 200yds north of totem pole
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew south over Waxham Sands at 1pm
Norfolk Hoopoe still c1.10pm Winterton south of Beach Road on east side of South Dunes opposite steps to holiday camp NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT still from Friends Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 over Sculthorpe Moor NR late morning NR21 9GN
Norfolk Hoopoe still c10.55am Winterton north of Beach Road near car park NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton south of Beach Road in South Dunes on ridge
Norfolk Garganey y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Dartford Warbler y'day Titchwell RSPB in suaeda 100yds south of beach
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool from screen at 6.10am