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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 Tuesday 21st January 2020

A rather quiet day bird wise, up to ten Twite were in Thornham Harbour, a Peregrine was over the grazing marsh early morning  and two drake Eider were on the sea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich flew SE over Earlham Marsh at 2.45pm
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holkham Park still on lake at 1pm
Norfolk 35.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB +Long-tailed Duck stil
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea. Purple Sand on beach. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by sea wall NW of car park late morning TF.728.443
Norfolk 53.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 11.20am +2.Long-tailed Ducks TF.896.458
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still 11.19am by Ringstead Road in field by dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 20+Velvet Scoters still Holkham Bay at 11.02a
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male Cley still 10.45am on St.Margaret's Church
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.29am TF.896.458
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley still on St.Margaret's Church at 9.50am
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. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road in field by dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm at 8.43am PE36 5NH TF.714.380