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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 Wednesday 10th June 2020

A calling flock of fifteen Crossbill were noted flying west early morning, with at least another one heard calling from the pines adjacent to the Observatory late morning. A Wheatear was noted in the dunes, and six Spoonbills were again on the Broadwater which included several begging juvenile birds.

The moth trap held seventeen species of moth, which included several fresh Heart and Darts and a Buff Ermine.
Adult Spoonbill being harassed by a begging juvenile

Buff Ermine

Heart and Dart

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Norfolk 3.Turtle Doves Kelling Quags at 2.29pm then flew east
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER singing Cley still 1.30pm by road 200yds east of Wiveton stone bridge +showing
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +8.Common Cranes flew over. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling West Runton at Water Lane on chimney at 7.50am but no further sign by late morning
Norfolk no sign of Rose-coloured Starling Cley at NE end +just south of A149 Coast Road at Sea Lawn NR25 7RZ
Norfolk no news on Rose-coloured Starling Cley
Norfolk no news on Rose-coloured Starling just north of North Walsham at Swafield
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling reported West Runton
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh at 8.30am
Norfolk BLYTH'S REED WARBLER singing Cley by road just east of Wiveton stone bridge
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk no sign of Caspian Tern 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes viewed from river bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk no sign of Blyth's Reed Warbler 1ml NE of North Walsham at Pigneys Wood by canal 5am-6.30am. Walk 300yds NW along canal footpath from car park +showing on +off TG.296.315