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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 Thursday 23rd January 2020

A Great White Egret was on the Grazing marsh during the early part of the morning and a male Blackcap was around the Broadwater edge near the Heligoland trap.

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Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still this a'noon by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in field at dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach near museum at 10.30am
Norfolk Waxwing Cley till c1.10pm on Old Woman's Lane then flew off
Norfolk Waxwing Cley on Old Woman's Lane early a'noon
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 field at dung heaps PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2.Russian White-fronted Geese flew west over Kelling Water Meadow at 9.05am
Norfolk 19.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach at east end of Arnold's Marsh at 9.30am
Norfolk 7.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme on grazing marsh
Norfolk probable Black Brant ad y'day Holkham Freshmarsh west of Lady Anne's Drive in a'noon with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+ad.hybrid Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose 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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre mid morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB again then flew east +Great White Egret flew west
Norfolk 19.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT at 8am then flew south