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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 Wednedsay 15th January 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w west of Norwich again at Earlham Marsh at 3.10pm
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1pm 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 2+Common Cranes Winterton near North Dunes +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 16+Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn this a'noon +Short-eared Owl TG.420.124
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe Southern Park
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still 11am in field south of road west of bend +Short-eared Owl TG.428.069
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes still west of footpath north of A149 late morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Stiffkey flew past campsite car park at 3.30pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT at Bank Farm Extension
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew over Roydon Common NWT at 9.15am
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road on dung heaps 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm mid morning +showing well PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Short-eared Owl NW of Wells +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 10.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB 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 Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks by Offshore Coffee House at 9.20am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes still in field south of road west of bend at 9.09am TG.428.069
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (near-ad 2w 1w) y'day Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide late a'noon
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks (all drks) Titchwell RSPB still on sea. 2.Spotted Redshanks on Tidal Pool