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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 Saturday 21st September 2019

A breezy, sunny day, highlights were 25 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers 35+ Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 12 Sandwich Terns on the sea. A flock of 400+ Golden Plover was in Thornham Harbour, 11 Jays flew east early morning and a Red Kite, Barn Owl, Hobby, 2 Sand Martins, 35+ Swallows, a single Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 6+ Stonechats, a Wheatear, at least one Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtails, and 2 Siskins were recorded.

In the moth traps a Rusty Dot Pearl and a Large Wainscot wee species of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide at 1.33pm
Norfolk 20.Spoonbills Burnham Norton on pool from coast path at 10am
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still west of path from A149 with cattle this a'noon +2.Great White Egrets still on east side
Norfolk 37.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Great White Egret again
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool. 16.Spoonbills on freshmarsh +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Great White Egret Letheringsett flew SE over River Glaven at 9.30am
Norfolk Redwing Great Yarmouth at Bradwell at Harper's Lane
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Kelling at Maiden Lane in copse at 8.05am then flew east
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh at 8.30am then flew west
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Colkirk by B1146 Dereham Road with Egyptian Geese
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Wymondham flew north over abbey at 7.35am