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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 Friday 30th August 2019

On the sea today 3 Common Scoters were offshore, with 80 Sandwich and 140 Common Terns resting on the beach near Thornham during the afternoon. Three Wigeon were on the Broadwater and 7 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff also flew through, while on the Golf Course 2 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats were of note, and 2 Grey and 3 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Today's moths included another Poplar Hawk Moth, a Spectacle, White-lined Dart, Six-striped Rustic, Ruby Tiger and White Point.

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Norfolk Osprey Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Garganey 3.Gt.W.Egrets Spoonbill. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4+Whinchats Horsey Gap at east end of Nelson Head Track
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Weybourne at 7pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Horsey on coast path by southern steps to seal viewing area at 12.30pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still from sea wall west of path this morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Sidestrand on beach
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB over reception
Norfolk 6+Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton still
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +6.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sidestrand on cliff briefly +juv.Caspian Gull flew west
Norfolk Osprey Heacham flew south over South Beach at 7.10am