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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 4th August 2020

A perfect start to the day weather wise, which unfortunately soon deteriorated into a somewhat grey and blustery afternoon ! A sea watch produced counts of 60 Common Scoter, seven Gannets and three Little Gulls. On the reserve both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the pines and a Great White Egret was again on the grazing marsh.

The moth traps were again busy and moths caught included Least Carpet, Archers Dart (3), Red twin-spot Carpet, Barred Straw, Rosy Footman and Garden Tiger (3). A Humming Bird Hawk-moth also appeared several times on the Buddleia outside the Observatory building during the day.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck y'day SE of King's Lynn still at Hardwick Flood Lagoon. Park by A149 west of roundabout +view from verge TF.642.185 PE30
Norfolk 4+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still right of main car park on dry pit beyond 1st muddy pit
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Hickling Broad NWT still from Weavers' Way
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv Holkham flew SW over Holkham Gap at 12.54pm [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Great White Egret Heacham South Beach
Norfolk 12.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +Little Stint
Norfolk 13.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER recently Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv Cley flew west past beach car park at 10am [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv over Burnham Thorpe again 10.15am viewed east from Beacon Hill [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk no sign of ad.Gull-billed Tern Snettisham RSPB 6am-10am (but 2.juv.Wood Sands 2.Curlew Sands 4.Spoonbills)
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv flew west over Burnham Thorpe at 8.55am [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB from South Hide at 7.06am +Curlew Sand