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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 Friday 4th October 2019

At sea today 159 Brent Geese, 689 Wigeon, 60 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Great Skua and 3 Sandwich Terns were seen. Also of note were over 20 Snipe, 43 Lapwings, 2 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 65 Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling in the village early morning and 2 Bullfinches in the pines.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the buddleia and a Red-Green Carpet was the highlight in the moth traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Spotted Redshank ad Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh at 4.18pm
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach by sand dunes at 4.17pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park near 14th green at 3.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Bure Park at 3.45pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery at 3.50pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB by Fen Hide still 3.20pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth still late a'noon at Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Caister-on-Sea at cemetery at 3.15pm with tit flock +showing well
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA mid a'noon tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr reported Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT still by visitor centre from Cley Spy at 2.09pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham at Shangri-la chalet
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by south path this a'noon with tit flock [heard only]
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Welney WWT at main observatory +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT by visitor centre from Cley Spy at 12.52pm
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB at 10.30am: 2.near visitor centre, 1.at Tank Road
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines at 11am: 2.behind Joe Jordan Hode, 1.at west end. 2.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay. 4.Great White Egrets on freshmarsh
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets near Burnham Overy Staithe still in cattle field
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Y-br.Wblr Norwich at Sherbourne Place at 11.05am then flew SW over Rouen Road
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still at Stiffkey Fen by A149 at midday with tit flock
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 11.10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes (+4.Cattle Egrets still on marsh +2.Great White Egrets still)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods on east side of The Dell at 10.56am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens by coast path in hedge between log +whirligig
Norfolk Black-throated Diver juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 8am +2.Great Northern Divers flew west +Snow Bunting flew over. ad.drk.Velvet Scoter flew west at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets on Wednesday Holkham
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth at Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section