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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 Monday 23rd September 2019

Migrants were still around today, the majority on the northern side of the pine belt near the NWT centre. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in the NWT car park and 20 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 2+ Garden Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, a Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Pied Flycatchers, 2+ Redstarts and 3+ Whinchats were recorded. Also of interest were a Grey Wagtail, 6 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Hobby, 3 Swallows and 2 Cetti's Warblers.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton Dunes NNR this morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley + just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by lower path from car park
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still mid a'noon +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 19.Common Cranes Waxham at Brograve Levels viewed from dunes near Shangri-la Chalet tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey in field 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne
Norfolk Osprey flew SW over Costessey
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still midday on mud
Norfolk Pied Fly Waxham +4.Whinchats
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse by duck pond this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by concrete area beyond Fen Hide at 11.40am tho elusive
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide. Jack Snipe from Fen Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at Tank Road tho elusive
Norfolk Black Redstart Salthouse at Salthouse Store at 11.10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NWT car park at 11.30am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse +200yds east of Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge at 11.25am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods 100yds beyond lefthand fork from car park at 11.27am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 10.42am. Spotted Redshank Simmonds' Scrape still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Heacham just north of seaward end of South Beach Road in trees by ditch at 9.55am
Norfolk Pom Skua y'day between Horsey Gap +Waxham Sands
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in cattle field west of path to dunes +showing well
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Thornham Marshes
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Thornham by main road in garden opposite Orange Tree [heard only]
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills y'day Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day north of Burnham Overy on marsh at 4.25pm