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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 7th September 2019

Seawatching continued throughout the day producing 15 Teal, 34 Common Scoter 23 Fulmars, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 160 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, one Pom Skua, 40 Arctic Skuas, 33 Bonxies, 29 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 2 Med Gulls. A Spotted Redshank and 68+ Black-tailed Godwits were on the NWT reserve, with 12 Spoonbills also reported there.

Ringing included 42 birds with two juvenile Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps among the catch.

In the moth traps a Feathered Gothic was the highlight.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Sooty S'water Cley flew west past beach car park 6am-8.40am
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern juv flew east past West Runton this morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide
Norfolk 32.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 still at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Sooty S'waters flew past Sheringham
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua juv flew past Sheringham (+juv.Black Tern)
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park 6am-9am
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 1+Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Cley flew west past beach car park 10.10-10.15am
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew east past Sheringham at 8.25am