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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 30th September 2019

Over 1000 Pink-feet were on the grazing marsh. On the sea 20 Brent Geese, 21 Wigeon , 13 Mallard, 64 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 23 Gannets, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Skuas, a Guillemot and 10 Sandwich Terns were recorded. Also of note were a Great White Egret, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, one Mistle Thrush, a single Brambling, a Tree Sparrow, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard in the sycamores opposite the Observatory and again in the Dell during the afternoon.

Ringing produced 102 captures, including 23 Meadow Pipits, 29 Blue Tits and 20 Long-tailed Tits.

Moths included a Humming-bird Hawk Moth on the buddleia, a Red Underwing and 3 Black Rustics.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 4.55pm
Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this a'noon. Y-br.Wblr still from Meadow Trail
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling 100yds south of school opposite Beck House
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham just north of Waxham Sands Holiday Park this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +2.Great White Egrets. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly Trimingham over clifftop fields at c1.10pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods midway between beach car park +Lady Anne's Drive late morning TF.901.455
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape late morning
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe from sea wall late morning
Norfolk 4.Curlew Sands Breydon Water
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in car park
Norfolk Pom Skua juv flew past Cley 7am-8.40am (+Sooty S'water)