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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 5th November 2019

With a brisk Northerly wind attention today was largely focused on the sea, with sea watching producing counts of  261 Kittiwakes, 196 Gannets, 160 Common Scoter, 20 Goldeneye, 14 Bonxies, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Gull, 3 Pomarine and two Arctic Skuas. A Water Pipit was in the Paddock pool adjacent to the entrance track early morning.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Puffins flew past Sheringham this morning +18.Little Gulls
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Winterton Dunes +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still 3.30pm
Norfolk Hoopoe Bradwell still 4.13pm by Lord's Lane in horse paddock at Cley Road/ Doles Lane junction
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB till 10.30am 50yds from visitor centre in willow by West Bank path then flew off
Norfolk Hoopoe Bradwell by Lord's Lane near Cley Road junction at 3.44pm
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Heacham off North Beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide +Great White Egret still +2.Short-eared Owls. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew north over Heacham mid morning
Norfolk Pom Skua 1.5mls NNE of Wells flew past East Hills (+Sooty S'water flew east)
Norfolk 27.Pom Skuas Cley flew past beach car park 10am-2pm +5.Little Auks flew past (+3.Velvet Scoters Great Northern Diver flew past)
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Titchwell RSPB 50yds from visitor centre in willows by West Bank path
Norfolk probably hybrid Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow Horsey at north end of Nelson Head Track at 8.50am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey from car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey flew west past car park this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew east past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 12+Pom Skuas flew east past Sheringham +4+Little Auks (+Red-necked Grebe Velvet Scoter 2.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Titchwell RSPB (+3.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still on rocks at Waxham Gap +Puffin +5+Little Gulls flew south
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh still
Norfolk Pom Skua Cley flew past beach car park (+20.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Cley NWT flew in off sea at 8.43am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens flew over Warham Pit
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets y'day Burnham Overy Marshes still