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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 Friday 17th January 2020

Two Water Pipits were on the grazing marsh along the approach road to the NWT reserve, and 3 Rock Pipits were also of interest. A Cetti's Warbler was heard, and 2 Barn Owls were hunting in the village.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 2.58pm
Norfolk 40.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 2.40pm viewable from station
Norfolk 3.Twite NW of Admiralty Point by Peter Scott Walk +male Hen Harrier
Norfolk no sign of any Tundra Bean Geese east of Acle by A47 Acle New Road in field at Britannia Farm (but 200.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Halvergate Marshes at High's Drainage Mill
Norfolk 26+Tundra Bean Geese on Wednesday east of Acle by A47 Acle New Road in field at Britannia Farm at 2.10pm (+300.Russian White-fronted Geese still)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Burnham Overy Marshes still from A149 layby at 12.50pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +2.Common Cranes still
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad 3.5mls SW of Terrington St.Clement again 1/2ml west of Walpole St.Andrew in field by Marsh Road this a'noon with Pink-footed Geese
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 by huts at midday. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Lyng still 11.45am on flood by River Wensum viewed from road to Easthaugh TG.073.176
Norfolk 52.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 11.55am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 10.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk 40.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 9.07am TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Snettisham RSPB +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Sheringham opposite shelter
Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Langham in field by B1156 in morning with 6,000.Pink-footed Geese (+1w.Russian White-fronted Goose)
Norfolk 15.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in stubble field from barn at 10.26am TG.420.124
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend TG.428.069
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 9am +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 3+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea . 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 10am
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay mid morning
Norfolk 6.Russian White fronted Geese Weybourne in field by A149 then flew off with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+32.Snow Buntings) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Lyng on flood by River Wensum