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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 Thursday 9th May 2019

A somewhat of an improvement weather wise today, which resulted in a few more birds appearing. Three Ring Ouzels frequented the dunes/Gore point area and two Crossbills were seen during the afternoon around the NWT car park. Two Whinchat were along Thornham Bank and at least four Wheatears were noted. Peregrine and Red Kite were seen early morning and on Redwell the Wood Sandpiper remained up until mid morning, after which it seemingly wasn't seen again. Two Grasshopper Warblers were also heard reeling during the day.

One of today's Ring Ouzels.

Crossbills drinking in the NWT Car park

Grasshopper Warbler early  this morning

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling still late a'noon SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field opposite gate
Norfolk BLACK KITE reported still mid morning 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns over field
Norfolk Wood Sand Salthouse west of Iron Road on Swan Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk Little Stint Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing 1/2ml west of Weybourne still c3.05pm just north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill on track c100yds from gate opposite Weynor Gardens
Norfolk Osprey Morston flew west over marsh at 12.35pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling still 2.16pm SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT flew NE over Bishop's Marsh at c1.20pm +Wood Warbler singing early morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull Titchwell RSPB again
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane at 12.32pm TF.763.414
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham Coastal Park flew south over concrete defences at c1.05pm
Norfolk Wood Wblr Winterton still this a'noon in South Dunes in sycamore just north of public steps +showing well
Norfolk no news on 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Weybourne Camp since 8.13am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT still
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track c300yds NE of car park at 11.56am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes at 12.20pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water this morning +17.Black Terns flew east
Norfolk Stone Curlew Kelling SW of Kelling Water Meadow in ploughed field at c11.45am +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham again at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.32am (+Grey Plover White-fronted Goose). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB flew north over Ken Hill Marsh then 1.flew back south
Norfolk Osprey flew west past Mundesley at 10.55am
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.29am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk Stone Curlew Winterton North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Wood Wblr Winterton Dunes in South Valley
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW still 8.36am Horsey at Horsey Gap over dunes
Norfolk Wood Wblr male singing 1/2ml west of Weybourne still just north of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill at SE end by gate opposite Weynor Gardens at 8.41am
Norfolk Stone Curlew Weybourne Camp
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still in brambles by pillbox at 8.13am
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Horsey flew south over Horsey Gap at 8.07am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid morning. Quail reported flew from near Babcock Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell at tank road feeding station at 7.50am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew west over Titchwell RSPB. 2.Black Terns Reedbed Pool
Norfolk BLACK KITE 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley drying barns flew west over concrete pad at 6.14am