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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 30th December 2019

Highlights today included 3 Eider, a Long-tailed Duck, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 16 Red-throated Divers, 12 Fulmars and 32 Great Crested Grebes on the sea, while on the grazing marshes 700+ Golden Plover, 300 Lapwings and a single Dunlin were of note. A Peregrine was hunting early morning, and 2 Bearded Tits were again near the Broadwater Hide. At Thornham 214 Linnets, 10 Twite and 11 Snow Buntings were seen.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape briefly
Norfolk 2+Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still +2.drk.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 10+Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 2.10pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+75+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 11.Snow Buntings Holme Dunes NWT at Gore Point in roped-off area this a'noon
Norfolk no further sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/3ml NE of Shernborne at 1.10pm but Tundra Bean Goose still TF.721.325
Norfolk 3+Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 1.10pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Dersingham in fields at Doddshill Road /Ling House Road junction at 1.18pm
Norfolk Bewick's Swan Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.55pm 3/4ml north of Sedgeford west of Ringstead Road at dung heap in field 1/4ml north of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.710.378
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB early a'noon then flew west. Tundra Bean Goose with Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still from Parrinder Hide early a'noon tho distant
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 12.30pm 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Choseley still 11.55am 1/3ml east of Choseley Cottages with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Choseley again in field with Pink-footed Geese +ad.Bewick's Swan
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 11.50am 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail north of Docking late morning
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1/3ml NE of Shernborne in field with Pink-footed Geese +1+Tundra Bean Goose TF.721.325
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Long-tailed Ducks. ringtail.Hen Harrier flew from roost
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 4.Tundra Bean Geese 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns west of Choseley Road early morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford east of Ringstead Rd at dung heap 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Thornham