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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 Saturday 10th August 2019

A stormy day, highlights were a Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank on the NWT, together with 30 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Whimbrel with a party of Curlew heading east. The Great White Egret was also seen.

In the moth traps a Pine and a Poplar Hawk were of note, with a single White Point also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 47.Spoonbills Stiffkey Fen still 2pm
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 1pm +8.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Cley NWT at 7am
Norfolk Storm Petrel flew east past Cley at 12.04pm tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 9.55am
Norfolk large s'water sp flew east past Cley at 10.15am
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Purple Sand Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas Cley offshore at 9.10am