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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 Friday 21st June 2019

A Barn Owl was hunting near Thornham Harbour in the afternoon, and 14 Black-tailed Godwits flew over the grazing marsh.

Two Eyed Hawk Moths were in the moth traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide late a'noon
Norfolk 17.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 3pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still late a'noon on tidal pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 2.38pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool (+2.fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) still on Simmonds' Scrape)
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still mid a'noon Cley NWT on Pat's Pool (+1s.Little Gull still)
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Strumpshaw Fen RSPB circled over Meadow Trail at 12.21pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich on Surrey Street briefly
Norfolk Spotted Crake male singing last night Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight behind Patsy's Pool at 9.40am PE31 8BB
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing y'day Norwich at All Saints Green still in morning
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (both juvs) Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk y'day still Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide in evng (+1s.Little Gull 5.Spoonbills