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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 22nd July 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmars, 14 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Terns, 5 Common Terns and 70+ Sandwich Terns were recorded. A Spoonbill flew west along the Broadwater mid afternoon and a Green Sandpiper was on the NWT reserve. A Knot, 7 Dunlin, 35 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Black-tailed Godwits were also reported.

An Obscure Wainscot was a good moth for the Observatory, among an otherwise small catch of common species.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad again 1.57pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk 2.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Felbrigg Hall NT still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still 1.11pm Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field c300yds west of pumping station
Norfolk Curlew Sand Snettisham RSPB this morning at high tide +2.Little Stints ad.Black Tern 11.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk still no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by midday (nor Curlew Sand but 9.Spoonbills still)
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Pacific Golden Plover Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station by c12.30pm TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (2s +juv) Cromer still on beach this morning
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no further sign of ad.Semipalmated Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB by c10.15am
Norfolk PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER ad still Breydon Water south of South Wall in horse field west of pumping station at 9.59am TG.486.063
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen
Norfolk SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER ad still Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Marsh at 8.01am
Norfolk Quail y'day Sheringham in morning
Norfolk 2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) y'day Titchwell RSPB in evng