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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 25th April 2019

Approaching rain produced a few interesting migrants with a Great White Egret flying over east and then west during the morning and 4 Whimbrel, 18 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper near the Broadwater, a Cuckoo, a Peregrine flying through east, a Woodlark flew over the car parks and 2 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes, a Redwing and 2 Wheatears were also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still this a'noon Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide mid a'noon
Norfolk CITRINE WAGTAIL fem on Tuesday Sheringham in fields near Dead Man's Wood in a'noon then flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still mid a'noon 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon on grazing meadow
Norfolk Pied Fly male 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills this a'noon cTF.925.458
Norfolk 3.Blue-headed Wagtails (2.males) West Runton in cattle field by beach car park early a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT male still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on pool viewed from beyond 2nd bench late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Sheringham
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.55am
Norfolk Little Stint still 9.52am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide. Spotted Redshank on Whitwell Scrape
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Garganey flew south past Winterton
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB still on grazing meadow
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby in reeds east of track viewed from bend at 7.28am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr male singing Northrepps
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Strumpshaw Fen RSPB flew over Reception