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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 Tuesday 24th September 2019

A fairly grim day with heavy rain at times and strong winds; the Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Sycamores in the NWT car park whilst in the pines were singles of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher to be seen. Some 50 Gannets were noted in a brief seawatch and wildfowl included 320 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 90+ Wigeon, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 200 Common Scoter. Other interest included 2 Spoonbills and a Great White Egret.

A Feathered Ranunculus was the pick of the moth traps whilst Humming-bird Hawk-moth and Wall Brown were noted on the wing during a brief spell of sunshine.

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Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Brancaster flew SW over golf course at 5.30pm
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (ad +juv) Cley NWT from Daukes' HIde this evng
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide at 5.15pm
Norfolk Garganey juv Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide at 5.30pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from reception hide at 4.40pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting NE of Salthouse still east of Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide Great White Egret still from Friends Hide. Reserver open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55;concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still 9.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr still Titchwell RSPB between Fen Trail +Tank Road tho mobile