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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 Thursday 10th October 2019

A quiet and blustery day. On the grazing marsh 4 Barnacle Geese were with a mixed flock of Canadas and Egyptians, and at least 200 Pink-feet were also recorded. A single Black-tailed Godwit was near the Broadwater. Three Rock Pipits flew over calling.

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Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Staithe in flight over cattle mid morning
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Cley NWT flew in off sea this morning then flew west towards Blakeney Point
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at cemetery still mid a'noon +2.Ring Ouzels
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley +just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in sallows at south end at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Sheringham at Beeston Common mid a'noon: 1.by east path near 2.sallows beyond 1st hill, 1.behind pillbox
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common by east path near 2.sallows beyond 1st hill this a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section
Norfolk no sign of Y-br.Wblr Strumpshaw Fen RSPB near road by sewage works late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB till 1.14pm then flew south over River Yare
Norfolk Grey Phal still 1.27pm Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets NE of Burnham Overy Staithe still on marsh with cattle at 1.21pm +Great White Egret still tho distant
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Sheringham at cemetery at 12.55pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 12.45pm +Great White Egret
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham still late morning at cemetery at SW end +Ring Ouzel still
Norfolk Jack Snipe Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at Snipes Marsh this a'noon
Norfolk Grey Phal still 12.10pm Thornham Point behind dunes on large pool near brick tower
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11.39am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Cattle Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still in field from hide at 11.53am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail WSW of Harleston at Rushall over fields at 9.05am
Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Warham Greens west of north end of Garden Drove in hedge 100yds west of pit by late morning (but Ring Ouzel Whinchat) TF.938.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Fen Hide +Jack Snipe. Y-br.Wblr near road by sewage works
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Grey Phal Thornham Point behind dunes on pool near old watchtower at 10.12am
Norfolk Bittern NE of Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 10.09am then flew east
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at cemetery at 9.05am
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans (2.ads +juv) Great Yarmouth flew west over Britainnia Pier
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham at cemetery