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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 Sunday 19th May 2019

At least one Grasshopper Warbler seen at the end of the east bank and heard this morning, ringing produced a Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler together with a family of young Dunnocks. Two Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo and 6 Swifts were also seen.

Two Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange Tips, a Brown Argus, Small Heath, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown were seen on the reserve, and in the moth traps 9 Diamond-backs and 2 Breckland Plumes were of note.

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Norfolk Bluethroat reported between Sheringham +Weybourne at Spalla Gap in gorse by coast path +anti-tank ditch at 2.03pm then flew west towards beach
Norfolk Garganey fem Sculthorpe Moor NR still from Whitley Hide at 2.56pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk no sign of any Temminck's Stints Holme Dunes NWT on scrape (but Spoonbill flew east)
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still this a'noon on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance (+2.Wood Sands Spoonbill). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 2.08pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Cattle Egret reported Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation by 1.05pm (but fem.Pied Fly)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Blakeney Point in plantation early a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Hen Harrier juv.male just south of Burnham Market flew west
Norfolk 3.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day Snettisham Coastal Park
Norfolk Temminck's Stint just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance mid morning (+2.Wood Sands). Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Brisley on Harper's Lane
Norfolk Turtle Dove Kelling
Norfolk 2.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Turtle Dove y'day New Buckenham Common NWT still