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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 Sunday 22nd September 2019

Migrants included a Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed at 12.30, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Whitethroat, 12 Song Thrushes, 1 Redwing, 20 Robins, 4+ Pied Flycatchers, 2+ Redstarts, 6 Whinchats, 5 Stonechats and 2 Grey Wagtails. Other birds of note included Hobby, Peregrine, Barn Owl, Great White Egret, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Cetti's Warblers and an adult Med Gull.



Hobby and Yellow-browed Warbler by Steve Newman

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Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Holme
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Warham Greens at Garden Drove
MEGA Norfolk ALBATROSS sp (probably Black-browed Albatross) flew south past Winterton at c3.10pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme NWT by entrance road
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.58pm +2.juv.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets on Friday Ludham Marshes NNR but no sign this morning
Norfolk Pied Fly Titchwell RSPB in willows by feeders
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA trapped +ringed at 12.30pm then in pines after release
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew west past Weybourne at 9.46am
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets flew east past Overstrand at 11.25am
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at west end
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy flew to dunes from west end at Gun Hill at 10.45am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 10.51am
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.45am +4.Great White Egrets flew east
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR on pool on west side of freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.28am
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR on pool on west side of freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 10.28am
Norfolk Osprey north of Swanton Morley flew over Billingford Lakes at 10.15am
Norfolk 29.Common Cranes Waxham till 9.50am in stubble field near Brograve Farm then flew to Brograve Levels +landed out of view
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Burnham Overy Dunes between boardwalk +Gun Hill at 9.46am
Norfolk Wryneck Snettisham Coastal Park in north section at 8.30am then flew north towards large tents at Heacham end +no sign since (+Whinchat)
Norfolk 29.Common Cranes Waxham in stubble field near Brograve Farm at 9.25am
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still in field west of path with cattle at 8.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Overy in ditch by sea wall at 7.22am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets near Burnham Norton
Norfolk possible Isabelline Wheatear reported y'day Burnham Overy on fence post just east of final section of boardwalk at 10.30am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still in field east of footpath with cattle then flew west at 7.04am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Holme still