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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 31st January 2020

On the sea today a Red-breasted Merganser and 16 Great Crested Grebes were noted, and a Goldeneye was in Thornham Channel. A Great White Egret was on the grazing marsh, with a Merlin also seen. A Black Redstart and 10 Twite were in Thonrham Harbour.

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Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham still mid a'noon west of Lady Anne's Drive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese tho distant
Norfolk Iceland Gull imm 1.5mls SSE of Runham +south of A47 flew past Britannia Farm at 2.26pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.11pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 3.05pm tho distant. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still midday from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn
Norfolk 130.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh +3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 23+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 1pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 12.15pm on beach near slipway
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 12.47pm
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still 12.30pm off Cross Street in pine by church
Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still in fields behind plantation by Bramble Hill mid morning +Raven still
Norfolk Water Pipit Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 10.38am by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 45+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area +3+Velvet Scoters still TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 10.50am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham still with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach at 11.03am
Norfolk 19+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 9.39am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 10.32am tho distant. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Breydon Water at west end (+132.Russian White-fronted Geese 18+Bewick's Swans)
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn at 10.20am tho distant
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still +Black Redstart TF.728.443
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 on dung heaps at 9am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street by church at 9.40am
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Hawfinch still Lynford Arboretum
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still +ringtail Hen Harrier