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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 21st December 2019

A dry day at last! Lots of activity on the grazing marsh with 1000+ Lapwings, 1600 Wigeon, and 2,000+ Pink-feet. A Red Kite drifted along the ridge and 2 Water Rails were calling, with 3 Grey Partridges south of the Hun near Thornham sea wall and 2 Barn Owls hunting mid afternoon. A Cetti's Warbler was calling near the NWT access gate and 3 Mistle Thrushes flew in over the pines.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Stiffkey again from campsite car park mid a'noon
Norfolk 4.Short-eared Owls Haddiscoe Island still from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at c2.50pm
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB at c10am then flew to north of railway (+12.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 25.Bewick's Swans Ludham Marsh at south end of Cold Harbour Road +13.Whooper Swans. 8.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Holkham Bay off Holkham Gap +Slav Grebe 5.Long-tailed Ducks 6.Velvet Scoters 20.Snow Buntings, 4.Short-eared Owls flew in off seaNorfolk Gannet juv Welney WWT from hide at 1.30pm
Norfolk 5+Tundra Bean Geese c1ml east of Sedgeford north of B1454 this a'noon with Pink-footed Geese cTF.728.370
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still this a'noon
Norfolk Purple Sand Brancaster Staithe in car park
Norfolk 3.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+Short-eared Owl) TF.896.458
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 at 11am TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (both ads) y'day King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet on mud below Lynn Shellfish outfalls at 3pm