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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 27th September 2019

A flock of 450 Pink-feet were on the marsh and a Great White Egret was seen briefly. At sea 6 Brent Geese, 180 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 12 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns were noted. At least 28 Jays passed inland during the morning and 2 Cetti's Warblers were calling near Redwell Marsh. On the NWT reserve a Green Sandpiper, Snipe and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were of interest.

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Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew east past beach car park late morning
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide
Norfolk 29+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Blakeney at Friary Hills NT near caravan park at 8am [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Sheringham flew west along promenade at 9.55am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Reception Hide mid morning