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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 Saturday 14th December 2019

Another spectacle of over 7,000 Pink-feet on the grazing marsh today, and along the shore 6 Pintail flew west before heading inland towards Thornham Harbour. A juvenile Peregrine drifted over the NWT centre mid morning.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk repeat: LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market in field by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with c5,000.Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Black Brant reported near Cley with Pink-footed Geese
MEGA Norfolk LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE ad just SW of Burnham Market by B1155 at c2.35pm then flushed +flew over Stanhoe with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in ploughed field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w till 12.55pm Norwich at Earlham Marsh then flushed
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Earlham Marsh early a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +8.Common Cranes flew south over Bank Farm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still
Norfolk 5.Pale-bellied Brent Geese (2.ads +3.juv) Cley NWT at 11.05am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. View from beach car park
Norfolk 24.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still from barn at 10.10am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed from river bank between hide +1st corner towards railway left of pipes
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still near railway