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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 23rd November 2019

The Glossy Ibis was showing throughout the day at Thornham Harbour together with a group of Greylag Geese containing a single White-fronted Goose. A Red-breasted Merganser was in Thornham Channel and late afternoon a Slavonian Grebe was close inshore drifting east. Two Bearded Tits were in the reeds near Broadwater and a Cetti's Warbler was on the corner of Thornham Bank, while 4 Stonechats were also of note and a Rock Pipit flew over calling.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 3pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still mid a'noon Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still 2.29pm in bush near 1st hide
Norfolk 3+Waxwings reported y'day Norwich west of A140 Sweet Briar Road off Turnpike Close by Care Store building at 6.45pm [heard only] NR6 5BD
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Ten Mile Bank on farmland in area with no general access at 1.25pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 1.51pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still this a'noon 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Holkham Bay still this a'noon +2.Long-tailed Ducks still. ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose just east of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose juv south of Langham at Field Dalling
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Thornham in field west of car park at c1pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still 1.15pm on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still this a'noon Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park
Norfolk reported Black-throated Diver Wells in channel is a Red-throated Diver
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham RSPB till c11.30am in poplar by KLAA fishing lake viewed from car park then flew north
Norfolk no sign of juv.Rough-legged Buzzard NW of Wells north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 11.15am TF.911.441
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew east along beach late morning then appeared to land
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Wells in channel at 11.18am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still viewed NE from A149 layby at 11.08am
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham RSPB still 11.11am in poplar by KLAA fishing lake viewed from car park
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) Binham with Pink-footed Geese at 10.40am +6.Tundra Bean Geese (+6.Russian White-fronted Geese then flew off)
Norfolk probable Pallid Swift Cley NWT from East Bank at 10.35am then flew west
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham RSPB still 10.38am in tall tree viewed from car park
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.30am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham RSPB still 50yds along path from car park at 10.13am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Marsh +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Thornham Harbour still near old barn at 9.06am
Norfolk 10.Water Pipits Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at c9.20am
Norfolk 2+Water Pipits Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 8.50am
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 9.05am (+12+Snow Buntings still)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide. Firecrest Snettisham RSPB by footpath just north of crossbank
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide. Firecrest Snettisham RSPB by footpath just north of crossbank
Norfolk reported juv.Greenland White-fronted Goose y'day near Breydon Water was a Russian White-fronted Goose [reidentified from photograph]
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still Thornham Harbour on flood by footpath west of car park at 8.12am
Norfolk 5.Water Pipits y'day Cley NWT at north end of Simmonds' Scrape in morning
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 (+Great White Egret flew over) TF.911.441
Norfolk 1+Water Pipit y'day Cley NWT still on Arnold's Marsh