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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 8th September 2019

Northerlies today produced some migrants with a kettle of 16 Buzzards over Holme village, a Whimbrel, 1 Sand Martin, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, a Pied Flycatcher trapped and ringed, a Redstart near the NWT hides, 5 Stonechats on the east bank, and 2 Yellow Wagtails over calling. Also of interest were 2 Great White Egrets, 40 Pintail offshore past the NWT early morning, 75 Black-tailed Godwits, an Arctic Skua, 2 Kingfishers, Barn and Tawny Owl.

Butterflies included Small Copper, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Green-veined White and Painted Lady, with a Humming-bird Hawk Moth visiting the buddleia.


Pied Flycatcher ringed at Holme Bird Observatory - photo by Theo de Clermont

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sidestrand
Norfolk Little Stint Mundesley on beach briefly this morning then flew NW
Norfolk Scaup flew past Sheringham
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad again. Y'day Great White Egret
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Welney WWT still +Common Crane
Norfolk 34.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 3.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB still +Great White Egret 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells still 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 Icterine or Melodious Warbler Wells Woods in birches just south of toilet block briefly mid morning
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley flew west past beach car park at c7.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in meadow at 7.30am then flew towards Buckenham
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Skuas y'day Cley flew west past beach car park 6pm-6.40pm (+4.juv.Black Terns)