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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 7th May 2019

A good day for visual migration, highlights included 2 Common Cranes over west at 12.43pm, and on the sea 9 Eiders, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and a Little Tern were seen. A Spoonbill was of note and 2 Red Kites and 15 Buzzards were seen high over the marsh, a Water Rail near the Broadwater and 30 Golden Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a single Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, a Peregrine hunting over Thornham marsh, 3 Turtle Doves and 3 Cuckoos were around the recording area, 2 Firecrests were still present, and a major passage of Swifts and hirundines was recorded with 45+ Swifts, 9 Sand Martins, 400+ Swallows, and 50+ House Martins. Five Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 11 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 18 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, a Fieldfare, 2 Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, and 3 Yellow Wagtails were also of interest.

Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Holly Blue

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Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow at 2.55pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Blakeney Freshmarsh flew west near Carnser at 10.10am
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Burnham Norton Marsh at 2.30pm
Norfolk Hooded Crow Happisburgh
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Blakeney Point at 1.45pm
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s flew east over Kelling Water Meadow towards Weybourne Camp at 1.43pm
Norfolk no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Salthouse at Meadow Lane by 1.57pm. Don't drive along Meadow Lane +don't enter fields
Norfolk 8+Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT from Hill Common at 12.40pm
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes on north side at 11.50am +Curlew Sand. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew over Holme Dunes at 12.43pm
Norfolk Serin Waxham at 10.20am then flew south
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse again at Gramborough Hill at 12.41pm then flew just south of Meadow Lane. View from Meadow Lane
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 12.21pm +Spotted Redshank Great White Egret. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Burnham Norton at 12.10pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT at north end of North Scrape late morning
Norfolk 2.Black Terns till 10.10am Colney GPs from Bishy Barnebee Way roundabout then flew off
Norfolk no news on Great reed Warbler near Fakenham at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Directions from visitor centre. Reserve open 10am-5pm. Entry £11.95 NR21 0LN
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Horsey Corner at 10.56am
Norfolk Osprey flew north between Winterton North Dunes +Horsey at 10.40am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv flew north over Horsey at 10am
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 9.55am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Horsey flew over Horsey Gap at 9.48am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy north of A149 layby west of track viewed from sea wall at 9.15am TF.855.445
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Whitwell Scrape at 8.58am
Norfolk Osprey flew over Titchwell RSPB at 8.45am
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Colney GPs from Bishy Barnebee Way roundabout
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB again flew west
Norfolk 5.Dotterel (3.fems) still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field viewed from Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Osprey flew west over Blakeney Point at 5.40am