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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 Monday 14th October 2019

Highlights today included a juvenile Whooper Swan in off the sea at the Golf Course, 5 Barnacle Geese on the grazing marsh, a female Eider, 108 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 178 Gannets, 11 Great Crested Grebes, a Puffin east and 3 Razorbills on the sea. A juvenile Peregrine flew close past the Observatory, 4 Swallows were noted, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Reed Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 6+ Redwings, 20 Song Thrushes, 4 Ring Ouzels, 19 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, 6 Rock Pipits, 6+ Bramblings, a Redpoll, 12 Siskins, 2 Lapland Buntings and a Richard's Pipit were all recorded during the day.

A Merveille du Jour was on the side of the ringing shed!

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT this a'noon
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls flew south past Waxham
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA this a'noon
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp early morning
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods still this morning
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 Grey Phal NW of Titchwell RSPB still at Thornham Point on puddle east of old watchtower at 10.49am
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still east of sea wall at 10.40am +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham/ Sea Palling
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +Y-br.Wblr still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham Cemetery still at west end
Norfolk Jack Snipe Gramborough Hill flushed at c10.20am then flew east
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Northrepps in village. Y'day dead Ring Ouzel Hungry Hill on road
Norfolk 100.Little Gulls Cley off coastguards at 9.30am