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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 Tuesday 21st May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Spoonbill Heacham flew south over South Beach +6.Turtle Doves
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (1.ad) Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB +Great Northern Diver Turtle Dove
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB this a'noon +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 4.18pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 2.30pm 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier ringtail Winterton North Dunes flew north at plantation at 3.30pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still 10.45am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT again on Rush Hill Scrape at 11am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 3.Dotterel Blakeney Point at west end of Great Sandy Low at 10.22am
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male singing still mid morning 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk BEE-EATER Hunstanton flew NE over Sainsbury's at 9.10am
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 9.10am. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk BEE-EATER Heacham flew north over South Beach at 8.45am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 8.35am 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near bales +pillbox +showing well. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk east NR25 7AH TG.128.435
Norfolk Red-spotted Bluethroat male still 1.25mls ENE of Weybourne at Spalla Gap by coast path near pillbox NR25 7AH TG.128.435