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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 29th October 2019

Sea watching totals today included: One Long-tailed Duck, Four Little Auks, Four Little Gull, Six Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser,  26 Eider , 29 Gannet and 126 Common Scoter.  Eleven Woodcock were noted throughout on the reserves and Long-tailed Tits again featured strongly with 29 ringed and one flock of seventy counted leaving the reserve heading East along the coast. Eight Twite were still present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water at North Wall +Great White Egret
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Titchwell RSPB still this a'noon over beach (+Slav Grebe. Water Pipit from Parrinder Hide at 1.50pm)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew to Thornham Marsh. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Winterton-on-Sea this morning
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 2.15pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Breydon Water at east end on river just west of bridge 1.30-2pm
Norfolk Black Guillemot Cley on sea at 1.55
Norfolk Twite Cley NWT at NE corner of Arnold's Marsh on shingle at 10.50am
Norfolk Black Redstart between Heacham +Hunstanton on seafront at 12.15pm
Norfolk 4.Little Auks flew west past Holme Dunes 7.45-9.45am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 10.15am
Norfolk Pom Skua ad pale morph Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh then flew north
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Sheringham at 12.45pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still 1pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head
Norfolk Grey Phal Breydon Water at east end on river just west of bridge
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Waxham north of Shangri-la chalet in trees on dune ridge at 12.24pm
Norfolk Little Auk Weybourne Camp on sea at 9.15am
Norfolk 2.Bean Goose sp Cley flew east over Beach Road/ A149 at 11.41am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Mundesley flew NW past west end at 11.32am
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings midway between Heacham South Beach +Snettisham Coastal Park on shingle
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings midway between Heacham South Beach +Snettisham Coastal Park on shingle
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham Gap on rocks at groyne.17 at 10.50am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley on beach then flew off
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 8.Little Auks flew past Cley by 10am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham RSPB at 9.28am
Norfolk Little Auk Snettisham Coastal Park on The Wash south of outflow at 9.20am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit 1ml ESE of Waxham just north of pipe dump at 9.15am then flew south
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley flew west over beach car park at 8.18am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks Cley at 8.28am: 1.on sea, 1.flew SW over beach car park
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Titchwell RSPB