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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 28th January 2020

Snow Buntings, at least ten, were in the mouth of Thornham Harbour mid morning, with presumably the same birds seen later in the day along the beach nearer to the Observatory. On the sea there four Eider and two Long-tailed Ducks with two Velvet Scoters flying past East. The Twite were again around the Coal Barn in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black Brant ad Holkham still in field west of north end of Lady Anne's Drive from The Lookout with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+56.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 20+Snow Buntings Winterton North Dunes
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 this morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Holme Dunes at 11.47am +2.Long-tailed Ducks +2.Velvet Scoters flew east
Norfolk 3.Tundra Bean Geese flew west over Cley NWT this morning (Curlew Sand on shingle ridge)
Norfolk 17.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks
Norfolk 4.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still on sea. Spotted Redshank still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 12.17pm
Norfolk 12.Hawfinches still 11.50am Lynford Arboretum in paddock tho mobile
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still 10.50am TF.728.443
Norfolk 26.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield at 10.14am
Norfolk 100.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh viewable from gate at A149/ B1155 junction at 9.28am
Norfolk 12.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 9.01am