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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 oservatory Thursday 19th December 2019

Four Whooper Swans flew over west early morning. A loose mixed flock of birds on the western side of Thornham Harbour mouth contained 45 Snow Buntings, at least 6 Twite (one colour ringed), 100 plus Linnets (inc the white leucistic bird) and 30 Skylark. On the sea there was a single drake Long-tailed Duck seen flying west and a four drake Eider noted flying east.

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Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser White-fronted Goose 1/2ml SSW of Burnham Market at Beacon Hill
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still with cattle viewed from sea wall at 2pm
Norfolk Waxwing between Hillington +Harpley by Peddars Way 200yds behind Dogotel
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT at Lady Fen at 11am
Norfolk 6.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB in reeds by railway 50yds east of pipes at 12.20pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.53am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 6.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Long-tailed Duck flew west. 45.Snow Buntings on saltmarsh west of Thornham Harbour mouth
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
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 at 9.38am TF.911.441
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB flew west over beach
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB still. Long-tailed Duck still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Marsh