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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 Monday 24th June 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 90 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, single Gannet, 5 Little Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns were noted, while around the recording area 3 Med Gulls (one 2nd Summer), 3 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Stonechats were of interest.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on bugloss flowers near the Obs and 25+ Painted Ladies were on the site, with Poplar Hawk Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Peppered Moth, and a Dunbar in the traps.

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Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB west of tidal pool tho distant
Norfolk 19.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this morning. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool late morning
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.53am (+Wood Sand)
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets flew west over Blakeney Point late morning
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB over Patsy's Reedbed in front of dead trees mid morning PE31 8BB
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh