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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 17th October 2019

Another relatively slow day with some 25 Robins still present, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow and a light passage of finches the highlights including 50 Siskins, 1+ Redpoll, 2 Bramblings, 10 Greenfinches and 40 Chaffinches. Other migrants overhead included 30 Skylarks and 30 Meadow Pipits, 500 Starlings, 50 Redwings and 3 Song Thrushes whilst interest on the marsh and beach included 30 Curlews, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot, 2 Sanderlings, Kingfisher, 150 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Barnacle Geese again with Canada Geese.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black Brant reported Titchwell RSPB (+Caspian Gull again)
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Happisburgh still in small copse by bend in track near paddocks
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at Walsey hills NOA this evng
Norfolk 2+ Waxwings Wells Woods flew over The Dell late a'noon (+2.Y-br,Wblrs still)
Norfolk 3.Jack Snipe 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 Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still early evng just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +2.Y-br.Wblrs 3.Ring Ouzels in ploughed field by track
Norfolk 4+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still
Norfolk Jack Snipe 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
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near Patsy's Pool still mid a'noon
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff 1ml east of Cley still early evng just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA at 1.40pm +2.Y-br.Wblrs 3.Ring Ouzels in ploughed field by track
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sheringham in garden still 1.50pm
Norfolk Y'br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still from boardwalk near visitor centre mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still Nelson-Lyle Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimimngham by Cromer Road in trees north of Woodland Holiday Park
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sheringham in cemetery late morning
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle at midday +2.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Whinchat Titchwell RSPB on marsh behind Autumn Trail
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Heacham on sea at 10.52am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton Dunes on highest dune
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB on mud at 10.27am on ebbing tide
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staither still at harbour by toilet black at 10.25am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis between Haddiscoe +Reedham Bridge by railway
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Winterton-on-Sea at allotment
Norfolk Black-throated Diver CLey flew west past beach car park at 9.05am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham flew west over Beeston Common
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal pool