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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 Wednesday 1st May 2019

Highlights today included a Great White Egret on the grazing marsh south of the Obs which flew west towards the end of Broadwater, and on the sea 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannets, 8 Little Terns, and 11 Sandwich Terns were seen. A Turtle Dove was in the area of the paddocks and a Sand Martin, 9 Swallows, 8 House Martins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Stonechats and 2 Wheatears were all recorded during the day.

Butterflies included Brimstone, Orange Tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Green Hairstreak and Small Heath.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still mid a'noon
Norfolk Common Crane Buckenham Marshes RSPB in flight c2.40pm-3.10pm on +off then flew high east
Norfolk Hoopoe still 1.45pm Snettisham Coastal Park 1/2ml north of car park tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still in cut reeds from Tower Hide this morning
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still 1.52pm Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park +west of track north of A149 (+Great White Egret) TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Cley NWT at 1.11pm
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance at 12.41pm TF.932.431
Norfolk Scaup fem Barton Broad still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at midday
Norfolk Whinchat male 1/2ml NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill in field
Norfolk still no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo 1/3ml north of Kelling west of Kelling Water Meadow by 11.48am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk no further sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow by 10am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk Hoopoe still 10.42am Snettisham Coastal Park north of car park flew north towards sea defences
Norfolk Hoopoe Snettisham Coastal Park north of car park flew south over shingle ridge at 10.25am
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall 200yds NE of car park at 9.15am +showing well TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT again +Spoonbill
Norfolk repeat: GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow briefly 8.20am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s 1/3ml north of Kelling in pine west of Kelling Water Meadow briefly 8.20am. Keep to track; no access to fields TG.093.435
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes on grazing marsh at 7.21am then flew to Broadwater
Norfolk Osprey y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day flew east over Cley NWT at 3.55pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB in car park