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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 Thursday 7th November 2019

A day of fairly constant rain with only a brief window of dry weather mid-afternoon, did however produce plenty of interest. A Pallas' Warbler seen well during the morning feeding at the east end of the pines was the obvious highlight, but other migrants included Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, 70+ Blackbirds, 8 Fieldfares, 4 Song Thrushes, 30 Redwings and 20 Robins.

At least 5 Woodcocks were seen throughout the morning and some 30 Snipe were seen dropping on to the grazing marsh where 5 Barnacle Geese were still present. Four Snow Buntings were also notable to the west of the dunes.

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Norfolk Little Auk Gorleston-on-Sea (+Great Northern Diver 6.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk Little Auk Cromer on sea briefly this morning
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB +Long-tailed Duck Slav Grebe Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Black Brant still Stiffkey on saltmarsh viewed from campsite car park this a'noon(+2.Hen Harriers (1.male) Short-eared Owl Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey at 3.52pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv Cley NWT still on brackish pool west of East Bank at 10.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Little Auks CLey flew past beach car park (+Black-throated Diver flew west +drk.Scaup. Snow Bunting on beach by pillbox east of car park)
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham this morning (+Great Northern Diver on sea)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still from Parrinder Hide at 12.20pm
Norfolk 10.Little Auks y'day CLey flew past beach car park (+20.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters flew south past Winterton
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holme Dunes in pines
Norfolk HUME'S WARBLER y'day Stiffkey in garden at 3.23pm
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings y'day 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills