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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 24th January 2020

Two Bearded Tits spent much of the day near the Broadwater Hide, 2 Water Rails were calling from the reeds, offshore were small numbers of Eider, Fulmar and a male Blackcap was still present in the bushes.

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Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 2.55pm in churchyard off Cross Street +showing well
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still mid a'noon in field at Whincover with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 2.38pm behind visitor centre
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 1.25pm
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse by A149 at building plot by lane to church at 1.48pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in ploughed field opposite dung heaps at 11.30am tho mobile PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still 12.17pm north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 102+Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide in a'noon
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks y'day Holkham Bay still 4pm
Norfolk 2+Great White Egrets y'day Burnham Norton Marsh +2.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Heacham South Beach at end of Beach Road
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still in field Whincover
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burnham Norton still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still TF.728.443
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk 7.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddocks at 8am