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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 Monday 27th May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still flew over West Bank at 4.14pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again
Norfolk Garganey Titchwell at Gypsy Lane then flew towards Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk BEE-EATER flew west over Sheringham at 11.12am
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still this a'noon from visitor centre
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB flew from reedbed then flew east towards Gypsy Lane at 12.50pm
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB flew from reedbed at 12.50pm then flew east towards Gypsy Lane
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell still this a'noon by Gypsy Lane in cattle field +Spoonbill flew over
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at midday +probable Saker flew west at 11.45am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells again at North Point Pools by track north of A149 1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk BEE-EATER 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 flew low west over Walsey Hills NOA at 11.38am
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT just east of Wells still 11am at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Hoopoe Caister at Great Yarmouth +Caister Golf Course
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Hickling Broad NWT flew west over Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Curlew Sand Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape at c10.20am +2.Common Cranes still then flew off
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT just east of Wells still mid morning at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still flew north at 8.18am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day flew west over Reedham
Norfolk no sign of probable Upland Sandpiper Brancaster at Royal West Norfolk Golf Course
Norfolk probable Upland Sandpiper y'day Brancaster at Royal West Norfolk Golf Course briefly 10.07am then flew east
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT just east of Wells still 8.03am at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT just east of Wells again at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell still by Gypsy Lane in cattle field at 6.45am