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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 Monday 20th January 2020

Two drake Scaup flew west offshore, and other highlights on the sea included 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot. Also of interest were a Water Rail, 410 Golden Plover on the grazing marshes, 10 Twite at the Harbour and 12+ Snow Buntings on the beach.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Holkham Park on lake
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road in field by dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 1.33pm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 5+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 12.58pm
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by sea wall NW of car park at 1.07pm TF.728.443
Norfolk 25.Bewick's Swans (24.ads) Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Shorelark Waxham still at Waxham Sands Holiday Park on grass at north end viewed from coast path at 11am
Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley beet factory
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley still 12.50pm on St.Margaret's Church
Norfolk 27.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay at 12.22pm
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Thornham Harbour mouth at 12.02pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still
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 10.51am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley on St.Margaret's Church at 10am
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham still on groyne.19/22 at 9am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne NE of windmill viewed from A149 at 10.03am
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 9.57am (+40+Snow Buntings still +4.Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese Burnham Overy still in field south of A149 layby
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again flew from roost