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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 4th November 2019

On the sea today a Long-tailed Duck, 5 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were seen. A Woodcock was in the dunes first light, and at least 3 Water Rails were around the Broadwater. A female Merlin was hunting, and 2 Cetti's Warblers were heard, with a Blackcap around the Obs and 23 Blackbirds, 45 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes, 20 Redwings and a Mistle Thrush all counted. Six Rock Pipits, 2 Bramblings, and a Bullfinch were also of note, 6 Twite were in Thornham Harbour and a Water Pipit was trapped and ringed.

Water Pipit in the hand, images by Ian Starke

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) West Runton still in weedy beet field by Beach Road
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Kelling Hard offshore mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Upton Marshes NWT mid morning then flew east
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew over Upton Marshes NWT at 2pm
Norfolk Black Brant Stiffkey from car park with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Burnham Overy at 11.30am (Slav Grebe on sea +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea)
Norfolk Puffin juv Cley still 1.45pm near beach car park on sea off wreck
Norfolk Puffin juv Cley on sea
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cley NWT still 1.10pm near visitor centre on roof of 2nd house west of CleySpy
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (both drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea
Norfolk probable Humpback Whale still 12.35pm Cley west of beach car park tho distant
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour this morning
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy still this morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret. 2.Short-eared Owls Lady Fen. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 5+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +2+Great White Egrets
Norfolk probable Humpback Whale Cley this morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Salthouse off Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Old Hunstanton on beach by dunes 300yds from RNLI building at 11.30am +showing well
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT near visitor centre at CleySpy
Norfolk Little Auk reported Cley