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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 Tuesday 9th June 2020

From a bird perspective today, there was a single Spoonbill on the Broadwater, two Grey Partridges and the summering Pink-footed Goose on the grazing Marsh, and two calling Mediterranean Gulls over the Observatory.
The moth trap produced twenty species which included Privet, Pine and Small Elephant Hawk-moths and singles of Dog's Tooth, Sharp-angled Peacock and Poplar Grey.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Corncrake male singing y'day still 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT near cattle pens by path left of railway bridge early a'noon TG.268.083
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER singing 1ml NE of North Walsham still 1.30pm at Pigneys Wood by canal +showing. Walk 300yds NW along canal footpath from car park TG.296.315
Norfolk Garganey on Friday Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Cley still c12.05pm at NE end +just south of A149 Coast Road on roof by Sea Lawn then flew into gardens behind NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Cley till 11.20am at NE end +just south of A149 Coast Road on feeder at Sea Lawn then flew east +no further sign by 12.15pm NR25 7RZ
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN (Swedish-ringed) still 11.14am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from river bank (not The Holt). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN (Swedish-ringed) still 11.14am 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from The Holt. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk probable Night Heron y'day Sheringham flew over Holway Road twice c11pm-11.15pm [heard only]
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Cley still 9.46am at NE end +just south of A149 Coast Road on feeder at Sea Lawn NR25 7RZ
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling just north of North Walsham at Swafield on wires near church
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Cley in garden
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling Roughton still at Orchard Close tho mobile NR11 8SR
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN (Swedish-ringed) still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at east end viewed from The Holt at 7.54am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER singing 1ml NE of North Walsham still at Pigneys Wood by canal at 7.42am. Walk 300yds NW along canal footpath from car park TG.296.315