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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 26th August 2019

Highlights today included 6 Whimbrel over calling, 29 Black-tailed Godwits on the Broadwater, one Common and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT reserve, a Greenshank, one Med Gull, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Sedge Warblers, 12 Reed Warblers, around the pines 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Redstarts, and along the east bank 3+ Stonechats.

Moth highlights included Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia and a Poplar Hawk Moth in the traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 3.53pm +2.Wood Sands
Norfolk Wryneck Horsey midway along Nelson Head track by gate at 1.45pm
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton North Dunes c100yds south of totem pole at 3.25pm (3.Pied Flys in South Valley this morning)
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Trimingham Church
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes 8am-1pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Stiffkey along belt of sycamores near static caravans at campsite at 7.30am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still 12.24pm on west side from Tower Hide
Norfolk Pied Fly Blakeney Point in plantation at 11am
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's Pool then flew towards freshmarsh +Pied Fly in car park
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 5.40am
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 8am
Norfolk 5.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 Dotterel y'day Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill in evng (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Salthouse at Gramborough Hill on grazing meadow briefly early morning then flew west +Quail singing still +2.Whinchats
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump at level crossing by white house
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on west side of north end of Lady Anne's Drive at 9.06am
Norfolk Pied Fly Beeston Bump flew in off sea on west side
Norfolk Whinchat Brancaster on suaeda behind car park at 7.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB along road near toilets +2.Curlew Sands 2.Spotted Redshanks Great White Egret