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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 Sunday 23rd June 2019

On the sea today an Eider, 35 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, 4 Little Terns, 43 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern were of interest. A Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Green Sandpipers were around the grazing marsh and 2 Cuckoos, a Kingfisher, and a male Stonechat were also of interest.

In the moth traps a Privet Hawk Moth was the star, and Black-tailed Skimmer, Painted Lady, Common Blue and Small Heath were also seen.

Privet Hawk Moth by Cat Buck

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Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool mid a'noon
Norfolk Purple Heron ad again mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB flew over reeds behind dead trees PE31 8BB
Norfolk Green-winged Teal drk still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Teal Hide at 2.30pm
Norfolk Garganey drk Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by windpump late morning +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. 10.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB flew over reeds behind dead trees at 11.12am PE31 8BB
Norfolk 17.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 2.BEE-EATERS Northrepps at Hungry Hill flew east over Shrieking Pit mid morning