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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 Wednesday 10th April 2019

A slightly better day today both weather and migrant wise. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Thornham Harbour, the first singing Whitethroat appeared on the NWT reserve and a Wheatear and two Swallows were seen near the Observatory. On the sea an hour seawatch produced a Great Northern Diver, two Red-throated Divers, four Eider and a Shag with a Velvet Scoter reported later in the afternoon too. On the grazing Marsh and around the Broadwater there were 19 Golden Plover, 14 Ruff and a single Little Ringed Plover.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2+Little Gulls (both ads) Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at 3.05pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 3.48pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan
Norfolk 3.Common Scoters Colney GPs mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 3pm 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan
Norfolk Hoopoe still Winterton north of Beach Road in North Dunes north of totem pole tho mobile (+Black Redstart still) NR29 4DD
Norfolk Little Bunting reported Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 4.Garganey (1.drk) Welney WWT from main observatory tho mobile +Great White Egret. Reserve closes at 3.30pm today
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male flew east over Thornham Harbour at 11.43am
Norfolk Grasshopper Wblr singing Snettisham Coastal Park at 10.10am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham still 1/2ml south of Shangri-La chalet +east of Barn cafe in grass field with caravan at 10.05am +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common at 8.30am tho mobile
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Grimston Warren tho elusive
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's P