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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 Obseratory Monday 7th October 2019

A good morning of visual migration, with a Merlin, 2 Jays, 4 Bearded Tits, 30 Skylarks, 40+ Long-tailed Tits, 10 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 2+ Ring Ouzels, 20 Blackbirds, 5 Fieldfares, 86 Song Thrushes, 87 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 25 Robins, 3 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 4+ Rock Pipits, 8 Bramblings, 10 Chaffinches, 25 Greenfinches, a Bullfinch, 20 Goldfinches, 12 Siskins and 30+ Reed Buntings moving during the first half of the day. Seawatching produced 145 Brents, 48 Wigeon, 5 Eiders, 140+ Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Golden Plover, while around the marshes 90 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Ruff and a Snipe were seen. Also of interest were a Great White Egret, Barn Owl, 3 Water Rails, and at least one Yellow-browed Warbler with one seen in the NWT car park and one also reported in the pines.

Ringing produced 121 birds including Ring Ouzel, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit and Stonechat.

Ring Ouzel images by Steve Newman

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew low over Roydon Common NNR towards Grimston Warren at 3.20pm
Norfolk 7.Velvet Scoters flew past Waxham in 20mins this morning +5.Little Gulls
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in churchyard near gate from Sainsbury's
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Salthouse flew in off sea at Gramborough Hill then flew west along shingle ridge
Norfolk 15.Velvet Scoters flew south past Happisburgh
Norfolk 10+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at west end
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale mid morning
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines near crosstracks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Warham Greens flew over whirligig at 12.15pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes still at east end with tit flock
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hockering along footpath c50yds NW of Lily Avenue
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme NOA at 10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section near compost pile +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 3+Ring Ouzels Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 10.45am Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove c100yds west of pit cTF.938.437
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end still with tit flock
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by pill box with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Wells Woods still. 4+Y-br.Wblrs in The Dell
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in NE corner of paddocks
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove c100yds west of pit at 9.49am cTF.938.437
Norfolk Little Stint ad just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance +Spotted Redshank Gt.W.Egret. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Titchwell RSPB +2+Y-br.Wblrs
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still by Meals House
Norfolk 7+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe still SE of sea wall
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard reported Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove still near concrete pad
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes just east of boardwalk then flew east