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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 3rd April 2019

With singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps you could have thought spring had arrived, though the frozen hail that carpeted the edge of path to the Obs early morning told a different story! A Short-eared Owl in the dunes, two Siskins and a Red Kite over East and a pair of Stonechats on the East Bank ( the male colour ringed and from the Dersingham Bog project) were the highlights of the day.

A Firecrest was also present at Walsey Hills.

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Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley still mid a'noon just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 2.Garganey 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose still Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT at 1.47pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still 1.55pm Buckenham Marshes RSPB east of main track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Greenland White-fronted Goose ad still mid morning Buckenham Marshes RSPB west of track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holkham Freshmarsh flew past Joe Jordan Hide at 12.43pm
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still this a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv Welney WWT at 12.26pm then flew east
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Claxton Marshes still from river bank at 12.10pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv still 1.5mls west of Weeting at Weeting Heath NWT late morning IP26 4NQ
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB still from viewpoint at 10.50am
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton by groyne.5 at 10.05am
Norfolk Firecrest 1ml east of Cley +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in blackthorn right of path at 9.45am +showing well
Norfolk probable Greenland White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB west of track with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Rockland Broad again