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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 Saturday 29th February 2020

At least 8 Twite were still at Thornham Harbour and 2 Rock Pipits were near the approach track to the NWT reserve. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting and 55 Black-tailed Godwits were on the grazing marshes.

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Norfolk 4.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 2.30pm. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Hawfinch still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 8.Twite Thornham Harbour still on coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach by Fisherman's Heritage Centre at 11.45am
Norfolk Purple Sand Sheringham still on rocks opposite East Beach Coffee at 11.35am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires near Raven's Farm at 11.30am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.45am (+44.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 17.Snow Buntings Cley flew east along shingle ridge. 2.Water Pipits from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh at 7.40am