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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 Wednessday 15th May 2019

Another bright sunny day, which again brought out healthy numbers of Butterflies, with eleven species recorded along with the first Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly of the year. Bird highlights were a Spoonbill on Lavender Marsh early morning and at least two Hobby over the Grazing Marsh.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT 
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Norfolk 6.Dotterel (4.fems) still 3.01pm 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still on scrape from track north of A149 at steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way TF.932.431
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 1.21pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves East Dereham at Harpers Green at Harpers Green Farm mid morning
Norfolk Black Redstart Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park viewed from dunes +4.Common Cranes flew over
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints still 10.50am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 10.40am 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane +Montagu's Harrier flew over TF.763.414
Norfolk 5.Temminck's Stints Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 10.05am: 3.on Simmonds' Scrape, 2.on Whitwell Scrape (+ad.Spoonbill still +Great White Egret)
Norfolk Lno sign of male.Little Bittern 1.5mls S.of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR viewable from Barnhamcross Common by 9am. Use c'pk east of A134 Bury Rd 1/2ml S.of Nuns' Bridges Rd junction then walk SE for 350yds IP24 3DZ TL.868.809
Norfolk no sign of 1s.Great Spotted Cuckoo Weybourne Camp north of A149 near pillbox viewed from Muckleburgh Hill by 8.45am. Park carefully at Weynor Gardens, cross A149 then go thru kissing gate +turn right for 300yds
Norfolk 2.Temminck's Stints still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide (+Wood Sand ad.Spoonbill)
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on tidal pool. Little Gull on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell SE of Choseley drying barns in field west of Chalkpit Lane TF.763.414