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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 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

A quieter day than yesterday but still signs of migration with a Woodcock watched coming in off the sea and a Waxwing west over the East Bank. Five Snow Buntings and a single Lapland Bunting were seen at the Golf course end of the reserve. On the sea there were three Goldeneye and a single Eider and at least two Twite and a Spotted Redshank were at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Little Auk Cley on sea north of North Scrape mid a'noon then flew west
Norfolk Vagrant Emperor dragonfly 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past beach car park at c2.15pm [2nd bird]
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west along shingle ridge over boats mid a'noon
Norfolk Osprey Earsham flew south over wetlands centre at midday
Norfolk Waxwing 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Warham Greens 300yds west of north end of Garden Drove
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB flew in off sea
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just south of A149 at south end of Walsey Hills NOA this morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods SE of The Dell still 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Cley
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL fem/1w.male still 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills in sycamores at SW end (+Ring Ouzel 2.Y-br.Wblrs male.Hen Harrier) TF.923.455
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still by Island Hide
Norfolk 2+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Winterton South Dunes in oaks
Norfolk Little Auk y'day flew NW past Mundesley 7.15am-3.15pm (+Sooty S'water 36.Little Gulls 4.Velvet Scoters)