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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 Sunday 4th August 2019

A warm day with some sunshine, two Spoonbills were circling over the Observatory at 3.30pm, and a group of 6 Greenshank were also of note. Two Whimbrel flew over calling and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits were around the Broadwater and NWT pools.

In the moth traps today, a Twin-spotted Wainscot was of particular interest and a wide range of butterflies included a Brown Argus and 15+ Painted Ladies.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Quail Salthouse in wheat field by footpath
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT again
Norfolk 10+Wood Sands Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 12.12pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape +showing well (+2.Continental Black-tailed Godwits (nominate form limosa) (ad.fem +juv (colour-ringed))
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.45am +7.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills (ad +2.juvs) Cley NWT again from Babcock Hide late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad still flew over marsh between car park +Stubb Mill at 9am
Norfolk 8.Wood Sands y'day 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 7.Wood Sands y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Stiffkey Fen +36.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls y'day Cley NWT in evng
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 6.20am (+ad.Spotted Redshank still)