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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 Saturday 9th November 2019

Highlights today were a Richard's Pipit over west during the morning, a Swallow over the east bank late afternoon, 2+ Bearded Tits around the Broadwater, 5+ Stonechats, 4 Blackcaps, a single Fieldfare, 3 Rock Pipits, 3 Bramblings, 2+ Redpoll sp, and 8 Siskins. A flock of 20 Snow Buntings were on the Golf Course and a Lapland Bunting was at Gore Point, while 3 Twite were seen in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.male) Stiffkey at 3.54pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton at farm buildings on Downs Road
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines still 3pm 250yds west of crosstracks
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Titchwell RSPB on sea off beach at 2.53pm
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets still 2.30pm Burnham Overy Marshes viewed from A149 east of Burnham Overy village +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines 250yds west of crosstracks at 2.06pm (+Siberian Chiffchaff)
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER Holkham Pines at 2.06pm (+Siberian Chiffchaff)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT +Great White Egret. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Sheringham flew past this morning
Norfolk Little Auk Holkham Freshmarsh released onto Lookout Pool at 12.25pm
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Cley 7.30am-10.10am (+30.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 6.Waxwings Titchwell RSPB flew west over Patsy's Pool at 11.32am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Salthouse at 8.15am
Norfolk Little Auk Cley offshore mid morning
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still 9.05am Titchwell RSPB in flight over Patsy's Pool but no sign since [observed 3.times in flight 7.20am-9.05am]
Norfolk Little Auk Holkham on puddle south of path just before Meals House accessed from Washington Hide end
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes viewed from A149 east of Burnham Overy village +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Wymondham at Silfield NR in bushes at meadows
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Wymondham at Silfield NR at north end
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still mid morning Titchwell RSPB in flight over Patsy's Pool on +off +Lapland Bunting flew over
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Sheringham 7am-8.20am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Salthouse at 8.15am
Norfolk Waxwing Titchwell RSPB flew west over tank road
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv Cley NWT still on brackish pool west of north end of East Bank
Norfolk 3.White-fronted Geese Hunstanton on Ringstead Road at 7.20am
Norfolk Little Auk y'day flew west past Cromer 11.05am-3.05pm (+Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male again Titchwell RSPB flew over Patsy's Pool at 7.20am
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Haddiscoe Marsh