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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 Friday 20th September 2019

A sunny day at times with a south-east breeze, a noticeable movement of Meadow Pipits including 43 ringed this morning, together with 22 Blackcaps, 15 Blue Tits, Stonechat and Sedge Warbler. Of note on the sea were a Red-throated Diver, 40 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Terns and 3 Gannets, with the Great White Egret on the NWT pools during the morning and 4 Spoonbills on the Broadwater. Two Hobbies were scrapping and hawking insects over the Observatory, with Kingfisher also of note and a Barn Owl in the dunes, with Greenshank and Spotted Redshank also on the NWT reserve.

In the moth traps two Sallows, a Shore Wainscot and 3 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings were the highlights.

Small Copper and Small Heath were still on the wing on the east bank.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hen Harrier flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at 2.03pm +Little Stint still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field east of sea wall early a'noon tho elusive +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne east of coastguard cottages at 11am
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh at 11.18am +Little Stint Whinchat
Norfolk Willow Emerald damselfly Cley by West Bank 100yds north of North Drain
Norfolk 40.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +Bank Farm
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) Burnham Deepdale trapped +ringed
Norfolk Redwing Thetford
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 9.50am +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 31+Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 9.32am +juv.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme still on Broadwater at 8.55am
Norfolk Knot y'day Cantley beet factory in evng
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field east of sea wall at 8.25am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Little Stint