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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 4th April 2019

A Fieldfare and several Siskins plus the heavy morning frost gave a wintery fell to the start of the day, though this was balanced by a Swallow and at least six Blackcaps later around the site.
On the sea there eight Eider noted and birds of prey were represented by a Peregrine and a Red Kite.
The Firecrest was again at Walsey Hills.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still Buckenham Marshes RSPB c200yds east of hide at 2.15pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still mid a'noon 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins NR21 9GN
Norfolk Black Redstart Winterton South Dunes near Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at south end
Norfolk Hoopoe till 11.30am Winterton North Dunes just east of totem pole then flew off +no sign since
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath still 1.06pm viewed from The Hangs
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls west of Weeting still at Weeting Heath NWT IP26 4NQ
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Salthouse Heath viewed from The Hangs at 12.38pm
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR on feeders beyond Portakabins early a'noon NR21 9GN
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT (+Great White Egret still). Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Morston Quay by boats at south end late morning
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap by roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still from Bittern Hide at 11.35am
Norfolk Hoopoe still 11.20am Winterton North Dunes just south of totem pole
Norfolk White Stork Hickling Broad NWT over Rush Hill Scrape at 11.15am then flew towards Potter Heigham (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT from Reedbed Hide. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Hoopoe still mid morning Winterton South Dunes below Hermanus Restaurant tho mobile
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 8.40am +showing well
Norfolk Hoopoe Winterton Dunes in South Valley tho mobile