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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 Sunday 6th October 2019

A very wet day with a steady passage of Song Thrushes, Redwings and Blackbirds taking place, modest numbers of at least 197, 43 and 11 respectively. A Cetti's Warbler and 4+ Bearded Tits were still near the Broadwater Hide, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was heard at the east end of the pines mid morning. Also of interest were a Common Sandpiper on the Broadwater, a Great White Egret, 4 Snipe flying over, 3 Stonechats and 4+ Rock Pipits.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk probable Little Bunting reported West Runton in area with no general access this morning (+2.Short-eared Owls)
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines by Washington Hide briefly 3.30pm then flew east with Long-tailed Tits
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT from Bishop Hide at 3.41pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in north section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens in crater west of Cocklestrand Drove at 3.14pm
Norfolk 8.Little Gulls Cley flew east offshore coastguards at 2.44pm
Norfolk no further sign of Subalpine Warbler sp 1.5mls NNE of Wells at east end of East Hills near lake (but 2.Y-br.Wblrs Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still 2.35pm +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme NOA in pines east of The Firs
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines still 2.15pm in willows just west of Joe Jordan Hide tho elusive
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens at Garden Drove
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley NWT still near visitor centre at CleySpy at 12.45pm
Norfolk SUBALPINE WARBLER sp 1.5mls NNE of Wells at east end of East Hills near lake (+Quail Y-br.Wblr)
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Walsey Hills NOA still this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes between pines +boardwalk +2.Ring Ouzels. 5.Cattle Egrets in fields +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham in cemetery at 9.47am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 6+Y-br.Wbls Holkham Pines north of Lady Anne's Drive +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Wells Woods flew east over The Dell +appeared to land near Abraham's Lagoon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods along path at west end of Pinewoods caravan site