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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 Wednesday 6th November 2019

A calling Waxwing briefly in the Pines at the back of the Obs was arguably the best bird of the day, with other noteworthy being species 41 Eider and single Great Skua and Slavonian Grebe on the sea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still. 2.Short-eared Owls Lady Fen. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £8.90 for non-members PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew past Sheringham (+2.Velvet Scoters)
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew west over West Runton early a'noon (+Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) still)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Waxham in dunes then flew NW
Norfolk 7.Twite Scolt Head Isand +Redstart
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.30am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Wells Woods just west of 6.pines at midday
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Bradwell by Lord's Lane in horse paddock at Cley Road/ Doles Lane junction by late morning
Norfolk 26.Snow Buntings Salthouse at 9.49am +Hen Harrier +Short-eared Owl flew west
Norfolk Great Northern Diver flew west past Weybourne +2.Velvet Scoters flew west
Norfolk 8.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy Marshes
Norfolk Hawfinch Holkham flew west over The Dell
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham by 10.01am (+Long-tailed Duck 2.Short-eared Owls)
Norfolk 3.Little Auks flew past Titchwell RSPB (+Snow Bunting flew over)
Norfolk Waxwing flew west over Holme NOA
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv Cley NWT still on brackish pool west of East Bank
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv y'day Cley NWT still on pool west of East Bank