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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 Thursday 18th April 2019

A productive day especially from a ringing perspective with both Ring Ouzel and Black Redstart ringed. Three Pied Flycatchers and two Black Redstarts spent the majority of the day on the reserve with two of the Pied Flycatchers regularly utilising the posts outside the Obs building. A drake Garganey was on Redwell Marsh seemingly later relocating to the NWT reserve. Other birds of note included at least six Ring Ouzels in total, Short-eared Owl, Common Redstart, Greenshank, Fieldfare and Brambling.

Butterflies put in an appearance too, with seven species recorded including Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak.
Male Pied Flycatcher

Female Ring Ouzel

Black Redstart
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel West Runton on cliff opposite Rocky Bottom at 1pm
Norfolk 6.Little Gulls (5.ads +1w) Norwich still late a'noon at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk Arctic Tern Norwich flew east over Whitehall Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Heacham at South Beach
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys (2.males) Holme NOA mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Black Redstart Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of north section mid a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Norwich south of UEA Broad flew north at 1.20pm
Norfolk 5.Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad mid a'noon +6.Little Gulls
Norfolk 6+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes at east end just west of Holkham Pines at 11.30am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton still c1pm in South Dunes by public steps
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still late morning +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey along coast path 300yds west of Stiffkey Fen (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 12.Little Gulls Rockland Broad at 11.45am but no sign of Osprey
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this morning
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Breydon Water North Wall Marshes at 11.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA still 11.20am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew over Gorleston late morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Holme Dunes NWT in fields behind hides mid morning
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (1.male) Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan viewable from coast path
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Breydon Water flew south over north end mid morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR at 9.45am
Norfolk Wryneck Blakeney Point east of lifeboat house by huts mid morning tho mobile (+4.Ring Ouzels)
Norfolk Pied Fly male Holme NOA
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich on Westlegate at Aviva at 9.15am
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Winterton again
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Holme NOA still +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Black Tern still Barton Broad +Arctic Tern still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels north of Southrepps in fields
Norfolk 4+Arctic Terns Norwich still at Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels Beeston Bump behind pit
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Aldeby still on pool viewed from river bank at Castle Marshes in evng
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB flew east over reedbed
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney still in garden at 6.20am