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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 29th June 2019

A melting day with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. On the sea 2 Gannets, 7 Little Terns, 67 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were offshore with an adult Med Gull on the sea. Seven Black-tailed Godwits were around the NWT pools and a Hobby soared over the Observatory late morning, with a tit flock in the pines which included a Treecreeper. Two Grasshopper Warblers were still present and a family of 4+ Stonechats were along the east bank.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still 3pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON till c2.20pm Cley NWT west of West Bank then flew west +appeared to land on Blakeney Point
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 2.10pm Cley NWT west of West Bank
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still c2pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Black Tern 2.Little Gulls)
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON till c1.55pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flew to Cricket Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.50pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape. Permits available from visitor centre
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT this a'noon
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.30pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flushed +flew out of view
Norfolk Honey Buzzard midway between Wells +Stiffkey flew inland at 10.30am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 1.10pm Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end briefly tho distant
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this a'noon
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still 1.05pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still this a'noon Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk no news on Lesser Yellowlegs Titchwell RSPB since mid morning
Norfolk no news on Squacco Heron Cley NWT since 10.40am
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 10.40am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 9.45am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh viewable from West Bank just north of steps at south end
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON still 9.40am Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON Cley NWT flew east then west past Daukes' Hide then landed at Cricket Marsh at 9.25am
Norfolk 8+Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still mid morning Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +7.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Quail male singing y'day New Buckenham Common
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh