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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 Monday 25th November 2019

The Glossy Ibis was again present on the grazing marsh near the sea wall at Thornham. A White-fronted Goose was still also present, and 2 Barnacle Geese were with over 3000 Pink-feet. On the sea, one Eider, a Long-tailed Duck and 2 Guillemots were of note together with 8 Red-breasted Mergansers and 21 Common Scoter. Four Rock Pipits and a Redpoll were also of note.

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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still this a'noon north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT on beach (+45.Snow Buntings still. 3.Water Pipits still at north end of Simmonds' Scrape)
Norfolk Scaup Snettisham RSPB +Short-eared Owl still
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still in paddock this a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull Thetford at Burrell Way still
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 1.59pm Thornham Harbour west of car park in field viewable from footpath beyond 2nd bend
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +3.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still 12.30pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh +showing well
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+42.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 10.51am TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad just west of Salthouse north of A149 mid morning with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) just east of Weybourne still 10am east of station in field viewed from footpath south of railway with Pink-footed Geese +2+Tundra Bean Geese still
Norfolk 63.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach at 10.16am
Norfolk 59.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach at 9.55am
Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Burnham Overy Dunes in Overy Channel off Gun Hill
Norfolk 17.Russian White-fronted Geese Breydon Water at dawn
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still Thornham Harbour west of car park in field viewable from footpath beyond 2nd bend at 9.39am
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) just east of Weybourne still in field north of A149 at 8.51am tho mobile with Pink-footed Geese +4.Tundra Bean Geese
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Snettisham RSPB still in bush 100yds south of Rotary Hide viewed from far bank at 3pm
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck north of East Wretham Heath in field
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe y'day Holkham Bay +3.Slav Grebes 2.Long-tailed Ducks 65.Snow Buntings. 20.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh