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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 28th October 2019

An excellent day's migration with highlights including an Eider, 80 Common Scoters, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 130 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Pom Skuas, 1 Bonxie, 2 Guillemots, 4 Kittiwakes and 7 Little Gulls on the sea, a ring-tail Hen Harrier over the grazing marsh and a juvenile female Merlin trapped, a Peregrine, 3+ Woodcock, 3+ Water Rails, 5 Cetti's Warblers, a Blackcap, 20+ Fieldfares, 29 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 5 Stonechats, 4 Rock Pipits, 228 Linnets and 6 Twite at Thornham, and a Mealy Redpoll ringed.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

First year Merlin and Woodcock both caught during ringing at HBO today
Photos by Cat Buck
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Norfolk no further sign of possible Pom Skua pale morph Burnham Overy Staithe in field this a'noon
Norfolk Little Auk flew SE past Waxham at 4pm then landed on sea
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey Marshes agan flew east as viewed from campsite at 3.30pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey Marshes again flew east as viewed from campiste at 2.50pm
Norfolk possible Pom Skua pale morph Burnham Overy Staithe in field
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines by Meals House briefly c2.25pm
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past coastguards at 1.41pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk Snow Bunting Waxham still +4.Long-tailed Ducks flew north
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Cley NWT 7.15-10.30am (+Red-necked Grebe 8.Little Gulls 2.Puffins 6.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Purple Sand Cley at beach car park on wreck at 12.44pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich at Riverside Leisure Centre car park at c12.20pm tho elusive
Norfolk Puffin flew past Cley 8.50-10.30am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley at coastguards flew east along shingle
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT +Cattle Egret still from main observatory. Also Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members. Memberships from £55; concessions £44 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Snow Bunting Runham at Runham Vauxhall Fields
Norfolk Little Auk NE of Salthouse flew east past Gramborough Hill at 10.35am
Norfolk Hawfinch flew SW over Upton Marshes NWT at 7.50am
Norfolk Hawfinch Norwich flew west over Stafford Street at c7.15am then appeared to land in Earlham Cemetery
Norfolk Little Auk Cley still on sea off beach car park
Norfolk 6.Common Cranes Clippesby flew to field north of Oby Road