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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 2nd December 2019

On the sea today 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 17 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot were seen. Three Bearded Tits were on the NWT reserve, 2 Cetti's Warblers were around the NOA reserve, with 3 Stonechats noted. Over 200 Golden Plover were on the grazing marsh.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still 3.20pm on south side
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.40pm by railway viewed from river bank
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Breydon Water this morning
Norfolk Eagle Owl Winterton still near church in garden at The Rectory
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still SW of fishing platform
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe at Thorpe Marshes at 10.15am then flew NE to pylon west of New Cut but no sign at 11.45am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1.5mls south of Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by railway viewed from river bank mid morning
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls y'day Burgh Castle late a'noon
Norfolk no sign of Red-breasted Fly c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump by mid morning cTG.452.253
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham Sands Holiday Park at 9.15am. View only from dunes, do not enter holiday park. Walk north from Horsey Gap