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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 Sunday 2nd February 2020

A Peregrine swept over the east bank early afternoon, and 10 Twite were still in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk c60.Russian White-fronted Geese Ludham viewed NE from St.Benet's Abbey on marsh at 3pm
Norfolk 1+Short-eared Owl Halvergate still 2.49pm near Branch Road
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 100+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +8+Great White Egrets
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn. Hooded Crow Horsey Gap +Raven
Norfolk 2.Scaup (1.ad.drk) Hickling Broad NWT still from staithe by Pleasure Boat Inn. Hooded Crow Horsey Gap +Raven
Norfolk 60+Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese near Bayfield Lake with Greylag Geese
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w 1.5mls south of Thetford again at Nunnery Lakes NR on D.Lake from Tower Hide at c1.15pm
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT east of East Bank at c1pm
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Holkham Bay still +10+Velvet Scoters still
Norfolk 6.Bewick's Swans Horsey Corner in fields
Norfolk 19+Snow Buntings Cley NWT still along beach this morning
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn TF.728.443
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Halvergate near Branch Road at c11.50am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham on grazing marsh behind Herbert Woods boatyard late morning
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 Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Broad still 11.40am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl between Acle Bridge +Billockby from barn +12.Common Cranes still TG.420.124
Norfolk 23.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still late morning in paddock. From car park walk south for c1/3ml cTL.820.937
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Halvergate near Branch Road at c11.25am
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 11am. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck y'day East Wretham Heath still
Norfolk White-fronted Goose c1ml SSW of Cockley Cley at Pound Hill
Norfolk Black Redstart still Potter Heigham at Herbert Woods boatyard at 10.30am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk 23.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum still in paddock at 9am
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still off Cross Street by church at 10.20am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water flew north over east end at 10.05am
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 mid morning PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still. From The Avenue use public car park at end of private road to sailing club