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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 Monday 23rd December 2019

On the sea today 4 Eiders, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 16 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots. A total of 470 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes, and a Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the Broadwater with the male Blackcap seen in the Tamarisk near the Observatory. Also of note were 2 Fieldfares, and 7 Snow Buntings were at the end of the dunes.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape mid a'noon
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL male between Sedgeford +Ringstead by Ringstead Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese just east of Burnham Overy still mid a'noon in field by A149 layby
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still mid a'noon at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall NR13 4HS
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still on marsh NE of Deopham Road mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Goose (2.ads +juv) Horsey east of road 1/2ml south of Horsey Mill
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese between Burnham Overy +Burnham Thorpe west of road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.45pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes (+6.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still 11.40am in paddock
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 12.50pm
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese 1ml east of Sedgeford still north of B1454 early a'noon with Pink-footed Geese cTF.728.370
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose ad 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Road with Pink-footed Geese (+ad.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB left roost. 2+Water Pipits on freshmarsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull Kelling flew over beach mid morning
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in trees near folly at 9.45am
Norfolk Waxwing ad 1ml SE of Brundall still at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by Sandy Wall +2.Water Pipits NR13 4HS
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines c200yds from Joe Jordan Hide mid morning (+20+Russian White-fronted Geese 3.Great White Egrets)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail near Choseley still
Norfolk 6+Short-eared Owls y'day Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest +Great White Egret