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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 Monday 23rd March 2020

A beautiful day with a visible increase in raptor activity, at least 6 Red Kites and 5 Buzzards were seen, with singles of Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all in the recording area. On the grazing marshes 350+ Wigeon and 200+ Brent Geese were still of note, with a Little Ringed Plover on the NWT reserve and 2 Med Gulls flying over calling. At least 3 Cetti's Warblers were heard and 6+ Chiffchaffs were also present, with a Brambling 'wheezing' near Redwell paddock, a Siskin over calling and 5 Twite reported from Thornham Harbour.

Two Hebrew Characters and a March Moth were all that the moth trap had to offer, and a single Peacock butterfly was in a sheltered corner near the Heligoland trap.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret stillNorfolk 2.Common Cranes y'day Claxton Marshes
Norfolk Great White Egret Hingham still at Seamere Fen north of Deopham Road at 3.40pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront by The Two Lifeboats pub at 4pm
Norfolk Firecrest Hopton-on-Sea early a'noon
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew north over University of East Anglia at 2.22pm
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 6.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end +5.Great White Egrets still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires at 11.34am TF.673.049
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still +Great White Egret still