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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 Tuesday 26th November 2019

The Glossy Ibis was again present in the flooded field to the west of Thornham Harbour. Pink-footed Geese numbers were again in excess of  3000 birds, with four White-fronted and two Barnacle Geese found amongst them. On the sea there were single Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Slavonian Grebe.

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Norfolk 2.White-fronted Geese Snettisham RSPB on Ken Hill Marsh at 3.07pm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Filby Broad mid a'noon but no sign of Black-necked Grebe
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard reported Holkham
Norfolk Black Brant ad Stiffkey just east of campsite on saltmarsh by coast path with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes viewed from A149 +5.Great White Egrets
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 1.47pm TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets y'day still Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk 9.Velvet Scoters y'day Holkham Bay
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Morston over saltmarsh
Norfolk Hooded Crow between Horsey +Winterton still at Bramble Hill on beach at south end of seal colony +Raven still
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Winterton still on North Beach
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still from viewing platform tho distant
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR 1w still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 10.40am TG.063.448
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still 10.05am Thornham Harbour west of car park in field viewable from footpath beyond 2nd bend
Norfolk Glossy Ibis 1w still Thornham Harbour west of car park in field viewable from footpath beyond 2nd bend at 9.35am (+Twite still)
Norfolk Slav Grebe Holme Dunes on sea +Long-tailed Duck Great Northern Diver
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Sheringham still at The Leas just east of underpass
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Horsey. 2.Purple Sands on groynes.29-31
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Great Yarmouth at Newtown Surgery car park at 9.17am then flew south
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea at 8.20am +5.drk.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Cley NWT +50.Snow Buntings still