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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 2nd March 2020

On the sea today 26 Eider, a Long-tailed Duck, single Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, and 8 Crested Grebes were recorded. Raptors were enjoying the sunshine with 4 Sparrowhawks, 11 Buzzards, 7 Marsh Harriers and 2 Kestrels seen. Thirteen Avocets were around the pools and 2 Ruff were also of note, with a Cetti's Warbler calling along the east bank and a Grey Wagtail flying over calling. Four Stonechats were in the dunes and at Thornham Harbour 9 Twite and 2 Spotted Redshank were seen.

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Norfolk no sign of 1w.male.Blue-headed Eastern Yellow Wagtail (nominate form tschutschensis) 1ml north of Sedgeford by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk Great White Egret Blakeney viewed from Friary Hills NT at 3.50pm
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 3.25pm 1ml SW of Fincham west of Black Drove at west end of 2nd field south of Paddock Lane TF.673.053
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide +7.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 34.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay +Long-tailed Duck still
Norfolk 122+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still mid a'noon 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove on wires near Paddock Lane
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area mid a'noon TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Holkham Bay still
Norfolk 60.Snow Buntings Holkham still 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Earlham Marsh at 1pm TG.186.086
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh at 12.52pm then flew west
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Titchwell early a'noon
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT still from Bishop Hide then flew east. c35.Snow Buntings still on beach north of Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Blakeney on saltmarsh west of quay at 10.30am
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Bayfield Lake still on south side
Norfolk 4.Scaup (1.drk) Cley on sea off beach car park at 10.25am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike still 1ml SW of Fincham at Black Drove in hedge west of Raven's Farm junction tho distant TF.673.049
Norfolk 9.Twite Thornham Harbour still by coal barn +2.Spotted Redshanks still