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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 31st October 2019

Another clear day with an east breeze, many migrants were again passing straight over the Observatory! A Long-tailed Duck flew past offshore and at least 3 Water Rails were calling around the Broadwater, and 2 Ruff were on the grazing marshes. Two Bearded Tits were near Thornham sluice and a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps were of note. Also of interest were 3 Fieldfares, 50 Redwings, 2 Stonechats, 4 Rock Pipits, 6 Bramblings and 35 Siskins.

The moth traps were turned off today, with 3 Large Wainscots the only species caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk 11.Little Gulls flew east past Sheringham 6.40-9am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 2pm Roydon Common NNR in middle of heath
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Sheringham 6.40-9am +Pom Skua (+Black-throated Diver 9.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets east of Great Yarmouth flew south over Scroby Sands at 1.20pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1.15pm Roydon Common NNR in middle of heath
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +3.Great White Egrets. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Salthouse
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery still in south section in sycamores on main path
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters flew west past Weybourne Camp by 10.30am
Norfolk no sign of Pallas's Warbler Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head 7am-midday
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Winterton-on-Sea
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east past Trimingham
Norfolk Osprey flew SE past Mundesley at c11.28am
Norfolk again no sign of Little Bittern Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed from screen by late morning
Norfolk no further sign of Richard's Pipit East Wretham in arable field across heath from car park by 11.20am cTL.910.888
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh viewed from A149
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day Sea Palling
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew east over Cley NWT at 10.52am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Roydon Common NNR near large scots pine at 10.27am
Norfolk 21.Snow Buntings Cley flew east past coastguards mid morning
Norfolk 6.Velvet Scoters flew past Cley 7am-8.30am +Little Gull
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew south over Winterton Dunes
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on beach 50yds west of North Scrape Hide
Norfolk Richard's Pipit East Wretham in arable field across heath from car park with Meadow Pipits
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew past Hunstanton Cliffs
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 4.Little Auks y'day Burnham Overy Dunes