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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 Sunday 24th November 2019

The Glossy Ibis stayed for another day showing well from the sea wall. Also still present was a White-fronted Goose, 10 Redshank, 3 Snipe and 2 Cetti's Warblers. A pair of Bearded Tits were in the reeds near the Broadwater, and a Woodcock was flushed on the NOA reserve.

 
Glossy Ibis by Les Bunyan

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT by East Bank at 2.15pm
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach at 2.50pm
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham Coastal Park still 2.15pm by inner sea wall
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Wells still 2pm over fields west of town
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still 1.44pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) Weybourne still 1.35pm in ploughed field viewable from A149 west of steam railway bridge with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes at 1.24pm with cattle
Norfolk Bonxie Salthouse still 1.15pm on beach east of Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 1pm Thornham Harbour in field by footpath west of car park tho distant
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey still on beach at south end of seal colony late morning
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Holme NWT on saltmarsh opposite path from toilet block at midday
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Burnham Overy again on beach opposite end of boardwalk at 10.20am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.25pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose (form interior) Weybourne in beet field NE of station at 11.48am with Pink-footed Geese +2.Tundra Bean Geese still. View from public footpath south of railway
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham NNR
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR. Great White Egret Warham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham NNR. Great White Egret Warham Freshmarsh
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 Bonxie Salthouse on beach east of Gramborough Hill at 12.07pm
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Snettisham Coastal Park (+White-fronted Goose in flooded field with Greylag Geese)
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Ormesby Broad north of causeway at 11.10am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley (+Water Pipit 40+Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB offshore still 11.25am
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still 10.50am Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 10.56am 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+44.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Weybourne in fields just before village south of road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Holkham Bay still 9.25am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 9.50am Thornham Harbour in field by footpath west of car park (+White-fronted Goose still +6+Twite in car park)
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore +2.Spotted Redshanks on tidal pool
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.12am TF.896.458
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 9.08am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore at 8.12am +4.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 8.12am Thornham Harbour in field by footpath west of car park
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 TF.911.441
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still Thornham Harbour in field by footpath west of car park at 7.15am