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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 Sunday 16th August 2020

Highlights today were 2 Pied Flycatchers still in the pines and very active round the Observatory but mobile. A Water Rail was calling and 30 Golden Plover flew east, with a Whimbrel, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and a juvenile Cuckoo also noted. Three Redpoll sp flew over calling and at least 2 Whinchats and 5+ Pied Flycatchers were on the NWT reserve.

A Humming-bird Hawk moth was seen during the day and in the moth traps 9 Flounced Rustics, a Common Wave, Swallow and Lesser Swallow Prominent, 13 Silver Ys, 11 Archer's Darts, 4 Dingy Footmen, 3 White-points, 4 Turnips, 3 Yellow-tails, 5 White-line Darts, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, a Square-spot Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Nutmeg, a Flame Shoulder, Sharp-angled Peacock, Scarce Footman, 3 Drinkers, a Lime-speck Pug, Rosy Wave, Rustic, Rosy Footman, Dark Sword-grass, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Small Square-spot and an Ear agg were caught.

Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Wall Brown, Gatekeeper, Brown Argus were also noted.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still 4.11pm on freshmarsh +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holkham NNR still 3.04pm c1/2ml west of Joe Jordan Hide opposite large oak on left of track near puddles tho elusive
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Great Yarmouth in north cemetery
Norfolk Wryneck still 2.50pm Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps then flew north (+Pied Fly)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 2.30pm Blakeney Point in Lifeboat Station bushes
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still +2.Garganey Spoonbill still
Norfolk 13+Pied Flys between Horsey Gap +Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Holme NWT between pines +dunes west of car park at 1.47pm
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Thornham Point by 11.45am
Norfolk 27.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.15pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 12+Pied Flys Wells Woods this morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holkham NNR c1/2ml west of Joe Jordan Hide opposite large oak on left of track near puddles at 12.20pm (+5.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Wryneck Brancaster: keep off golf course
Norfolk 5.Pied Flys Holme NWT at 11.45am: 4.in sycamores in car park, 1.in scrub along entrance track
Norfolk possible Icterine Warbler Brancaster at 11.45am
Norfolk Wryneck still Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps tho elusive
Norfolk 5+Pied Flys Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk 2+Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +2.Garganey Great White Egret. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Muckleburgh Hill at 8am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Sluas flew west past Cley by 9am +Pom Skua flew east
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham Point still 10.55am in bushes by tower tho elusive
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Weybourne at 9.53am
Norfolk Wryneck Brancaster still 11am in plantation in 1st section of valley from golf course (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Black Tern Breydon Water at east end mid morning
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills at 9.56am +Red-backed Shrike (+12+Pied Flys). No parking at Warham Greens cTF.925.458
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Thornham Point in bushes by tower at 9.51am tho elusive (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua flew west past Sheringham at 8.05am
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Happisburgh at 8am: 1.near lighthouse car park, 1.in corner of cricket field by new practice nets
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Horsey 435yds south of Horsey Gap car park. Pied Fly just south of car park
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still 9.20am Blakeney Point in Plantation then flew west towards boardwalk (+6+Pied Flys)
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Brancaster: 1.in hawthorns in dunes, 1.in suaeda by saltmarsh (+3.Pied Flys)
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still Blakeney Point in Plantation at 8am (+6.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Walsey Hills NOA at 8am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 7.38am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT from East Bank at 7.32am
Norfolk 6.Garganey Wells in ditch at 7.27am
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Skuas (both juvs) flew west past Cley coastguards at 7.15am
Norfolk 7.Little Terns flew east over Hockwold Washes at 7.15am
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Hockwold Washes still