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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 11th August 2019

On the sea today 2 Eider, 14 Common Scoters, 4 Fulmars, a Great Crested Grebe, 19 Little Terns, 14 Sandwich Terns and 28 Common Terns were counted. Other birds of interest included a Great White Egret, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and 60+ Black-tailed Godwits all on the NWT pools, 2 Snipe were flying over at the village hides, a Whimbrel flew over the Observatory calling, and 14 Golden Plover were on the grazing marsh. On the beach 150 Knot, 120 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin and a Turnstone were also noted, while a movement of hirundines included 10+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 8+ Swifts. a Cetti's Warbler was heard at the village hides, and a Willow Warbler was also of note.

In the moth traps, a Pine Hawk Moth, Cloaked Minor, 5 Drinkers, 5 White Points and a Dark Sword-grass were among the catch.

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Norfolk Purple Sand still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 15.Spoonbills
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Thornham harbour
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Cley at 8.10am
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