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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 10th September 2019

A quieter day than was hoped, with ringing totals at only 20 new birds, though a 1CY Kingfisher was a nice surprise. Some signs of migration early morning with Swallows and House Martins moving west along the dunes with two Swifts also noted. A Great White Egret was again out on the grazing marsh.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.16pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 3.13pm
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh at old Coastwatch in elder
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Breydon Water from pumphouse on South Wall
Norfolk Clifden Nonpareil moth Cley
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER still this a'noon Blakeney Point in Plantation (for 2nd day). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Blakeney Point in Plantation (+Whinchat). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male still Sidestrand this morning
Norfolk Common Crane y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk 28.Common Cranes y'day still Welney WWT
Norfolk Pied Fly Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk probable Citrine Wagtail y'day Salthouse flew west over north end of Beach Road at dusk
Norfolk Pied Fly y'day Salthouse at Gramborough Hill late evng
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still in tree from hide at 7.30am tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB +Purple Sand