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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 Saturday 22nd June 2019

A Red Kite drifted over east and on the sea a Fulmar, 11 Little Terns and 27 Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Stonechat was on the east bank and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling along Broadwater Road early morning. A Willow Warbler singing near the Richardson Hide was unusual for the time of year.

It was a good day for dragonflies, with Southern Hawker, Four-spot Chaser and Ruddy Darter all on the wing on the reserve. Several Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, a Brimstone, Brown Argus and Small Heath were among the butterflies recorded.

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Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by windpump at 3pm +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Winterton North Dunes on 1st toad pool just beyond concrete blocks this a'noon +2.Red-veined Darters
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB east of Patsy's Pool in dead tree at 12.20pm PE31 8BB
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.50am
Norfolk Garganey drk y'day Welney WWT still from Friends Hide +Cattle Egret from main observatory