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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 Wednesday 30th October 2019

Sea watching today produced a single Little auk and Long-tailed Duck, two Goldeneye, four Velvet Scoters and 17 Eider with a Woodcock also watched arriving in over the sea. A Great White Egret was on the grazing Marsh along with two White-fronted Geese and Water Pipit was ringed mid-morning.

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Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham Gap still on rocks opposite campsite. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea at 10.53am
Norfolk Scaup drk Welney WWT on main lagoon this a'noon
Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham at Lookout this morning
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Reedbed in flight from screen at 2pm but no further sign by 3.45pm
Norfolk dead Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on beach
Norfolk Grey Phal y’day flew west past Cley NWT +15+Little Auks (+6.Long-tailed Ducks. 3.Twite on shingle at NE end of Arnold’s Marsh)
Norfolk Black Redstart Wiveton briefly on road then flew south
Norfolk repeat: LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB over Patsy’s Reedbed in flight from screen
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still c1.45pm Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head tho elusive
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN Titchwell RSPB over Patsy’s Reedbed in flight from screen
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley NWT 7.45-10.15am
Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still this morning
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Island Hide
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham at north end of Lady Anne's Drive in evergreen oaks by Lookout Cafe at c11.40am
Norfolk 6.Little Auks flew past Waxham
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT again. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in south section
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Salthouse at 10.16am (14.Snow Buntings Little Eye)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB still flew east along beach late morning
Norfolk Pom Skua flew north past Caister-on-Sea at 11.05am
Norfolk Hawfinch flew over Bawsey sand pits
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Blakeney Point on beach at 10.56am
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still opposite north end of Waxham Sands Caravan Park on rocks at 10.40am
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still Waxham in dunes north of Shangri-la chalet in ivy by dragon head at 10am
Norfolk Water Pipit just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 9.30am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Salthouse flew west over Beach Road at 7.25am +Black-throated Diver flew past
Norfolk Long-eared Owl 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Woodlark 1ml east of Cley just south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk 3.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water flew high north over east end
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT offshore +Black-throated Diver ad.Little Gull
Norfolk Grey Phal Breydon Water still at east end in main drain briefly then flew towards flats
Norfolk 10.Little Auks y'day flew past Cromer 6.25-10.40am (+Pale-bellied Brent Goose 5.Velvet Scoters Long-tailed Duck Short-eared Owl Puffin)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +4.Long-tailed Ducks. Spotted Redshank Thornham Pool
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day Blakeney Harbour flew in off sea at 10.43am