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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 Tuesday 16th April 2019

 A better day for migrants with highlights including 7 Eiders, 20 Common Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 6 Sandwich Terns offshore, while other birds of note included 7 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Common Whitethroat, a male Grasshopper Warbler reeling on the NWT and a male Sedge Warbler also singing there, at least 4 Ring Ouzels in the recording area with 3 flying east along the east bank mid afternoon, and one in the NWT car park early morning, with a Redwing, 5 Song Thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, a female Black Redstart on the east bank at the Obs, 4 Stonechats, 3 Tree Pipits over calling, and a Brambling also of note.

Ringing today produced 22 new birds and 2 retraps. Highlights were 4 Blackcaps (the heaviest weighing 23.2g), 4 Robins, 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow Warblers.

Moths were scarce with just 3 Powdered Quakers and a Hebrew Character in the traps.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male flew SE over Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) north of Bale in sheep paddock this morning
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still mid a'noon midway between Morston +Stiffkey Fen along coastal path
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1w) Colney GPs still 12.45pm viewable from Bishy Barnebee roundabout
Norfolk 4.Garganey (1+drk) recently Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2+Garganey (both drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this morning. 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 at west end
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml ENE of Stiffkey along coast path 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen late morning
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1w) Colney GPs viewable from Bishy Barnebee roundabout
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Holkham flew east over Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk 15.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Pied Fly male Beeston Bump by level crossing at 8.15am +Ring Ouzel flew west
Norfolk Garganey drk Sparham Pools
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park at 9am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Holkham Freshmarsh at west end at 9.35am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still from hide at 8am
Norfolk Hawfinch Blakeney in garden briefly 6.25am then flew off