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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 Saturday 25th May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Dotterel Blakeney Point at midday
Norfolk Quail male singing Terrington Marsh at New Inclosed Marsh
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad y'day Hunstanton in bush along cliffs between Queens Drive +Clarence Road with Starlings TF.673.416
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Loddon still at Hardley Staithe at 7.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh mid evng
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still c6.30pm Titchwell RSPB in dead tree viewable from screen at Patsy's Pool
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again c6.15pm Titchwell RSPB in dead tree in reedbed
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT again flew west over Billy's Wash mid a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey 200yds west of Stiffkey Fen by coast path at 10.20am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew south over Hunstanton at 2.30pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 2.05pm
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew west over Burnham Norton at 1.50pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Burnham Overy Staithe circling at 1.40pm
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again early a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew over freshmarsh towards East Bank
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Titchwell RSPB flew over reedbed towards freshmarsh +landed in ditch at 9.40am
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.55am
Norfolk/Suffolk no sign of Temminck's Stint Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Purple Heron ad Brancaster flew east over sea wall at Beach Road then landed in reedbed north of Marsh Drove TF.774.443
Norfolk Great White Egret flew east over Earsham at 8.05am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Winterton North Dunes flew north from plantation
Norfolk BEE-EATER flew south over Cart Gap early morning