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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 Thursday 5th September 2019

Sea watching this morning produced a total of 33 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 27 Arctic and 22 Great Skua's, 14 Great Crested Grebes, two Manx Shearwater and a single Red-throated Diver. On the grazing marsh there was a Great White Egret, a Whinchat in the dunes and 3 Spoonbills in Thornham Harbour. A Humming bird Hawk-moth was again on the Buddleia next to the Obs building.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk 5.Curlew Sands Titchwell RSPB +2.Turtle Doves
Norfolk Black Guillemot juv again Cley on sea off beach car park at c11am
Norfolk reported possible Pacific Golden Plover Cley NWT in Eye Field is a Golden Plover
Norfolk possible Pacific Golden Plover reported Cley NWT in Eye Field mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT still on Richardson Scrape
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe flew west past Weybourne at 7.05am
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Cley flew west past beach car park 7.30-10.15am +3.Sooty S'waters flew west