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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 3rd August 2019

A Great White Egret was on the Broadwater for the first half of the day and two Spoonbills appeared briefly before flying off East. A calling Common Crossbill was around the Observatory Pines before it too flew off East.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon +7.Spoonbills still
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 2.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide (+10+Wood Sands ad.Spotted Redshank)
Norfolk 15+Wood Sands Cley NWT still this morning +ad.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk probable Black Tern Cley flew east past coastguards at 12.40pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.19am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 2.WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (both ads) Snettisham RSPB: 1.on mud by 1st mud beyond houses at 10.40am TF.647.318, 1.still from Shore Hide at 9.36am
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 10.40am Snettisham RSPB on mud by 1st pit beyond houses TF.647.318
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still 9.36am Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still Snettisham RSPB from Shore Hide at 8.53am
Norfolk Pec Sand ad again 8.53am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad till c8.18am Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh then flew off +lost to view
Norfolk Pec Sand ad Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 8.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water reported y'day flew past Holme Dunes
Norfolk 6.Wood Sands Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 2.Curlew Sands 3.Spoonbills