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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 21st October 2019

On the sea today 80 Eiders, 100 Common Scoters, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 245+ Gannets, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Pom Skuas, 10 Bonxies, 3 Razorbills and 25 Kittiwakes were recorded. A Short-eared Owl was seen flying over the dunes. A Black Redstart was trapped and ringed at the Observatory and 2 Firecrests were in the car park area mid afternoon. Also of interest were 5 Barnacle Geese on the grazing marsh, 9 Little Egrets, 246 Lapwings, a Greenshank in Thornham Harbour, and 2 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits, 10 Bramblings and 6 Siskins flying over.

Black Redstart by Les Bunyan

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 9.13am
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour car park at 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea at beach car park at 3.50pm
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at 2.45pm (+Y-br.Wblr Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Caister-on-Sea flew in off the sea late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Warham Greens over saltmarsh at 12.40pm
Norfolk no sign of Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh mid a'noon
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes on grazing marsh by path to beach at 8am +3.Great White Egrets 2.Short-eared Owls. Purple Sand Gun Hill
Norfolk Black Redstart Holme NOA this morning
Norfolk Grey Phal flew past Sheringham 9.30am-12.30pm (+6.Puffins 5.Little Gulls +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Winterton Dunes (+Little Gull)
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk possible Olive-backed Pipit Warham Greens at north end of Garden Drove at 12.06pm then flew off
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Happisburgh flew north past lighthouse at 11.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew east past Sheringham at 9.55am
Norfolk 2.Richard's Pipits Warham Greens in pig field west of Garden Drove at 11.54am then may have flown west TF.943.434
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham +2.Pom Skuas
Norfolk reported Arctic Redpoll Thornham Harbour is a leucistic Linnet (reported Snow Bunting recently Thornham Harbour is the same leucistic Linnet)
Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh at 11.23am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on shingle east of beach car park at 11.06am
Norfolk ARCTIC REDPOLL Thornham Harbour on saltmarsh 300yds NW of car park at 10.50am with 300.Linnets
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings flew over Old Hunstanton by 9.30am +Great Northern Diver 2.Little Gulls
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Welney WWT flew over Lady Fen
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Winterton Dunes +Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Garganey y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide late a'noon +Great White Egret 3.Water Pipits