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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 Thursday 29th August 2019

A Pied Flycatcher was still in the pines during the morning. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, a Whinchat along Thornham Bank, and 3+ Stonechats on the East Bank.

A Grayling was seen in the pines and moths of interest in the traps included a Rosy Wave, Gold Spot, Latticed Heath, and a Poplar Hawk Moth.

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Norfolk 2.Ruddy Shelducks Breydon Water from South Wall
Norfolk 6.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide mid a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 4+Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton +Osprey flew east at 1.40pm +47.Spoonbills
Norfolk 26.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk 53.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen from coast path at 1.02pm
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 12.50pm
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes still in birch clump west of highest dune 25yds from fence
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells on scrape accessed from track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.12am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station. Park sensibly TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape +4.Wood Sands still
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Titchwell RSPB in grazing meadow
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys y'day Holme Dunes
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still on Autumn Trail
Norfolk 1+Wood Sand on Tuesday flew east over Holme Dunes at 4.38pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Great White Egrets still. 6.Spoonbills still Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still