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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 24th August 2019

Some early autumn migrants arriving including 20 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper around the Broadwater and 2 Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools. A Greenshank, 26 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Snipe were also of interest. On the sea 5 Little Terns, 102 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns and 4 Arctic Terns were counted, with 12 Gannets passing offshore. A single Spotted Flycatcher and 3+ Pied Flycatchers were in the pines during the afternoon with 4 Whinchats (one at the west end of the dunes and 3 near Thornham Harbour), a Wheatear, 7+ Yellow Wagtails over calling and a single Crossbill also noted.

In the moth traps a Frosted Orange was new for the year, with a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 White Points, 4 White-lined Darts and 3 Square-spot Rustics also of interest among the catch.

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Norfolk 3.Whinchats Thornham SW of coal barn from coast path this morning
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Great White Egret flew over. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 2.45pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes Welney WWT from Lyle Hide
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 1.23pm Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk Quail male singing Salthouse near Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still 12.48pm Cley on sea off beach car park tho elusive
Norfolk Pied Fly Kelling on Meadow Lane by copse this morning. 3.Whinchats north of pool
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv still Cley on sea off beach car park early morning then flew north
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 11.25am +Whinchat
Norfolk Pied Fly Cley NWT by path to Dauke's Hide at 11.10am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Blakeney in willows by track opposite Manor Hotel late morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Brancaster east of car park in bushes by beach huts at 10.43am
Norfolk 2.Black Redstarts Heacham just south of South Beach Road at north end of chalets at 8.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill +Whinchat
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Holme NWT +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh