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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 Thursday 6th August 2020

On the sea today 270 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, 7 Gannets, 77 Sandwich Terns and 97 Common Terns were counted. 4 Avocets, 13 Golden Plovers, 16 Lapwing, 23 Curlew, 85 Black-tailed Godwits, single Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Greenshank were the waders of note. A Green Woodpecker was in the village and a Great White Egret flew west over the grazing marsh.

Moths included 8 Ruby Tigers, 2 Small Waved Umbers, 8 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 3 Scarce Footmen, 2 Dingy Footmen, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, 7 Archer's Darts, 7 Drinkers, a Garden Pebble, 12 Flounced Rustics, 29 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 10 Cloaked Minors, 10 Straw Underwings, 3 Garden Tigers, 9 Rustics, a Flame Shoulder, a Lyme Grass, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Yellow Tail, a Latticed Heath, a Shaded Broad-bar, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Nutmegs, 2 Rosy Minors, 2 White-lined Darts, a Spectacle, 6 Turnips, 2 White Points, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, 7 Common Rustics, a Gold Spot, Shore Wainscot, Dark Arches, Common Wainscot, Brown-tail, Mother of Pearl, Silver Y, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Single Dotted Wave and Rosy Footman.

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Norfolk White Stork Cley flew NE over village mid a'noon
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still
Norfolk 39+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.30am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets (1+juv) between Burnham Norton +Burnham Deepdale still on marshes at 12.38pm +7.Spoonbills
Norfolk 14.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh by Autumn Trail at 12.04pm
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still on pits this morning at high tide +13+Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands y'day Snettisham RSPB in evng +Black Tern 14.Spotted Redshanks 4.Spoonbills
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still. 18.Common Cranes from Friends Hide
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh 6.55-7am then flew east +Great White Egret 7+Spoonbills ad.Little Stint
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 10am +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 48.Spoonbills y'day Blakeney Harbour at 9.48am
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Claxton again 6.03am on Claxton Marshes viewable from Beauchamp Arms
Norfolk White Stork (ringed) Rockland St.Mary still on roof just west of The New Inn at 5.15am