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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 Sunday 1st December 2019

A flock of 8 White-fronted Geese were on the grazing marsh near the village hides at 8.30am. On the sea today an Eider, 11 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmars and 5 Great Crested Grebes were noted. Over 200 Golden Plover and 100 Lapwings were on the marsh south of the Hun, and 500+ Pink-feet, 95 Brents, 4 Stonechats and 210 Fieldfares were also noted.

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Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters flew past Sheringham this morning
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk possible Caspian Gull 1w King's Lynn at Fisher Fleet
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 1.40pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewed from river bank
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster in channel between beach +Scolt Head Island this morning +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 12.50pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk Raven Horsey still at seal colony
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still 12.05pm c1ml ESE of Waxham c300yds NW of old pipe dump +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk 27.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still by barn at 11.45am
Norfolk 76.Snow Buntings Winterton on beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton on beach
Norfolk Little Gull Southrepps in pig fields east of church
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still c10.45am SW of fishing platform tho distant
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly c1ml ESE of Waxham just NW of old pipe dump at c10.35am +showing well cTG.452.253
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich again flew NW over Bowthorpe mid morning
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+50+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 50+Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Filby Broad still SW of fishing platform mid morning tho distant
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 8.30am +Great Northern Diver
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 TF.911.441
Norfolk Snow Bunting Weybourne on beach