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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 18th October 2019

On the grazing marsh 5 Barnacle Geese were again with 58 Canadas while on the sea 2 Eiders, 7 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 15 unidentified Auks were counted. A Snow Bunting flew over the Observatory calling, a flock of 15 Siskins and a Tree Sparrow were also of note.

A Rusty-dot Pearl, Sallow, Large Wainscot and Large Yellow Underwing were in the moth traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from hide at 2.45pm
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Reception Hide this morning
Norfolk Shorelark Cley 200yds west of beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA early a'noon +Y-br.Wblr still. Jack Snipe Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sheringham in garden still
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Gorleston-on-Sea along Blackwall Reach at 1.10pm
Norfolk Dartford Warbler West Runton still in beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Hunstanton flew south over cliffs at 8.55am (report at 9.35am was erroneous)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near Washington Hide still
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staithe still on roof near information board late morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB again on mud on ebbing tide
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley on beach east of beach car park by bunker mid morning
Norfolk RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Hunstanton over cliffs at c9.35am +Lapland Bunting (+Snow Bunting Hawfinch)
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham on east side of cemetery still in hedge