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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 18th August 2019

There was plenty of activity on the sea again today with 8 Teal, 2 Eiders, 7 Common Scoters, 7 Fulmars, 8 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, a single Arctic Skua, 5 Little Terns, 72 Sandwich Terns and 44 Common Terns counted early morning. A Whimbrel, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe were of note around the NWT pools, and a marked passage of hirundines dominated by Sand Martins could be seen perching on the fences on the grazing marsh, with 45+ Sand Martins, 21 Swallows and 4 House Martins counted but many more probably passing through during the day. Also of interest were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, a Stonechat and 3 Bullfinches.

In the moth traps a Coast Dart was of particular interest with 42 species recorded, also including a Rusty-dot Pearl, Willow Beauty, Dusky Sallow, 4 White Points, 2 Straw Underwings, a Copper Underwing, Pale Prominent and Scarce Footman.

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Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 12+Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still on Rush Hill Scrape viewable from hide on Weavers' Way +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret between Ongar Hill +Admiralty Point (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly fem still Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT on Lady Fen
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Weybourne
Norfolk 2+Whinchats Cley NWT by fence east of beach car park at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Snettisham RSPB at 10.30am