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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 Wednseday 12th February 2020


The Twite were again in Thornham Harbour with a count of nine made mid morning. A half hour sea-watch was rather quiet, with twelve Fulmars, two Red-throated Divers and a Guillemot noted.

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Norfolk 35.Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
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 Caspian Gull 3w Cley NWT again on Simmond's Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 2.48pm
Norfolk 31+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddocks. From car park walk south for 1/3ml TL.820.937
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still 1.45pm in field west of Herbert Woods boatyard viewed from footpath by Latham's car park
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still 12.30pm
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still at Poplar Farm in sugar beet field
Norfolk Little Gull flew NW past Mundesley 7.15-10.15am
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT from Avocet Hide at 11.14am
Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still by Fritton Road
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Potter Heigham still in field by footpath west of Herbert Woods boatyard
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 at 9.56am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 12.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk 9.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn at puddles by sea wall at 9.23am TF.728.443
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool