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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 5th May 2019

Seawatching this morning produced 10 Common Scoters, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Fulmars, a Gannet, 32 Sandwich Terns, 33 Comic Terns, and 4 Arctic Terns. With winds decreasing there was more bird activity around the reserves with a Spoonbill, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Barn Owls, 4 Swifts, a Firecrest heard, 20 Swallows, a House Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Stonechats, a Wheatear, single Yellow and Pied Wagtails flying over, and a pair of Bullfinches in the village.

A Green-veined White and Orange Tip were also noted.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.35pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill tho distant cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.30pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall +showing well TF.855.445
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 2.15pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill cTG.102.436
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 2.10pm Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fem) 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane mid a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 1.53pm on south side of pine belt by cliff viewed from NW corner of Muckleburgh Hill
Norfolk 4.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane early a'noon TF.765.415
Norfolk no sign of male.Wood Warbler Sheringham at Sheringham Park 9.50-11.30am
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp again in flight from coast path near pines at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still 11.15am on tidal pool
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB +2.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier male Burnham Overy mid morning
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 9.45am Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track TF.855.445
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall c400yds NE of car park cTF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley NWT flew west past beach car park (+2.Black Terns)
Norfolk Wood Sand 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 3.Great White Egrets y'day Morston on saltmarsh in evng