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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 19th September 2019

Some early morning signs of migration with small numbers of over flying Chaffinches and Skylarks noted. Larger numbers of Meadow Pipits were evident, which enabled  34 to be ringed and one trapped was found to be bearing a ring already and had originated from Stavanger in Norway.
A Great White Egret was on the Broadwater early morning, a Manx Shearwater was noted on the sea and two Hobby were hawking over the western end of the Broadwater mid afternoon.

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Norfolk 43.Common Cranes Welney WWT still early a'noon at Lady Fen viewable from road 300yds from visitor centr
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle near boardwalk at 3p
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle near boardwalk +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Hawfinch 1.5mls south of Thetford at Barnhamcross Common LN
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham RSPB still on pits +4.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 43.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Lady Fen +3.Whooper Swans Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Autumn Trail viewpoint at 9.47am +9.Spoonbills
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Patsy's Pool at 9.20am
Norfolk HOODED MERGANSER ad.drk y'day flew west past Titchwell RSPB