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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 7th December 2019

Highlights today were 6 Whooper Swans flying west over the village, over 1600 Wigeon on the grazing marsh, 3 Barnacle Geese, 430 Brents, a Red-throated Diver, a Red Kite drifting over, 3 Water Rails calling near the Broadwater, 60 Golden Plovers, a Greenshank, and a single Rock Pipit at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still 1.10pm on shingle ridge 2/3ml west of Holkham Gap
Norfolk Hooded Crow Horsey in fields south of Nelson Head track this morning +2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Burnham Overy Marsh from A149 pull-in at 12.35pm +7.Cattle Egrets +2.Ravens flew west over roadside field
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton Marsh at 12.24pm
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham Bay landed c2/3ml west of Holkham Gap at 11.56am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still late morning north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge TF.911.441
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still viewed from riverside footpath opposite Burnt House Road at 11.30am
Norfolk 32.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby from barn at 11.29am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore +Long-tailed Duck. 7.Whooper Swans flew west along beach at 8.50am
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at east end of roped-off area then flew south towards pines at 9.45am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still on Lady Fen +3.Common Cranes flew SW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay viewed from gate east of old railway bridge