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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 9th April 2019

Another relatively slow day bird wise, with a  mixture of a few remaining winter visitors Pink-feet (5) Brent Geese (15) and Wigeon (8) and summer visitors in the form of three Swallows and two Wheatears. Other birds of note included a Peregrine, Red Kite and two Eider.

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Norfolk Hoopoe still mid a'noon Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes on path 100yds north of totem pole +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still this a'noon Holkham Freshmarsh at west end just west of Joe Jordan Hide +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Garganey drk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 1.16pm
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes on left beyond old hut at 1.16pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.197
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 12.30pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet in grass field with caravan
Norfolk Hoopoe still 12.09pm Winterton in dunes west of car park NR29 4DD
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR still midday by large oak
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh at west end just west of Joe Jordan Hide at 11.30am +2.Garganey Spoonbill 2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still in grass field 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes at 10.45am +showing well NR29 4DD
Norfolk Slav Grebe Heacham off South Beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Roydon Common NNR at 9.45am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill Wells viewed from beach car park at 9.18am
Norfolk Lesser White-fronted Goose y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes north of track at 7pm +showing well. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.197
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT by East Bank
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1+drk) Strumpshaw Fen RSPB