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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 17th August 2019

On the sea today there was marked tern passage with 71 Little Terns, 1 Black Tern, 38 Sandwich Terns, 21 Common Terns and 21 Arctic Terns counted. Also of interest were 4 Teal, 9 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, a Gannet and a Great Crested Grebe. A Great White Egret was on the NWT pools and 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 216 Black-tailed Godwits and a Med Gull flying over the grazing marsh were other sightings of note.

In the moth traps 2 White Points, a Coxcomb Prominent, White-line Dart and Copper Underwing were species of interest. Brown Argus and Painted Lady were seen around the reserve.

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Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Harbour
Norfolk Purple Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide at 1.30pm +showing well
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Wells
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Southern Emerald damselfly Winterton Dunes NNR still on pool beyond concrete blocks at 11.25am
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end at high tide
Norfolk Little Gull 2w Hopton-on-Sea flew south then in field south of Radar Lodge track at 8am
Norfolk Little Gull juv Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 10.40am
Norfolk Caspian Gull juv Cromer on beach +showing well
Norfolk Osprey Burgh Castle
Norfolk possible Pallid Swift Salthouse over Gramborough Hill at 9.10am then flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Reedbed at 8.46am