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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 Thursday 27th February 2020

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at 2.50pm +Spotted Redshank still +showing well TF.728.443
Norfolk 3.presumed escape Red-breasted Geese y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes with 80.Russian W-f.Geese (+2.Water Pipits 3.Gt.W.Egret). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 11am 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove near Raven's Farm tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck fem Blickling Hall
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+40+Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.RED-BREASTED GEESE on Tuesday 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes with 185.Russian White-fronted Geese (+Water Pipit 3.Gt.W.Egret). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters on Tuesday flew north past Hemsby +Great Northern Diver +9.Little Gulls flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret on Tuesday Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese y'day Horsey Mill in fields (+Great White Egret). On Tuesday 4.Tundra Bean Geese
Norfolk 305.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires near Raven's Farm at 9.35am TF.673.049
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings Winterton on North Beach
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male still 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm in fields by junction PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at Colney GPs still in flooded paddock by Chapel Break Road opposite Bendish Way at c7.17am then flew down river