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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 Friday 30th October 2020

A blustery day with rain in the morning, the Dusky Warbler was again present but elusive near the Heligoland trap. Seven Twite were reported at Thornham Harbour and 120 Black-tailed Godwits were on the fresh marsh, with 250 Lapwings and 300 Golden Plover also counted.

 

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Norfolk Scaup fem still mid a'noon Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still c3.10pm Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still mid a'noon Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well TG.049.442

Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (near-ad +2.1w) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this a'noon

Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still. Snow Bunting still on tideline near Thornham Point this a'noon

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burgh Castle c1ml east of church by sea wall at 2pm

Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (near-ad 3w 1w) Sidestrand mid morning

Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Cley NWT flew west past beach car park mid morning

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 11am Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well TG.049.442

Norfolk 7.Twite Thornham Harbour still

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common still in willows opposite bench under oak

Norfolk 10.Hawfinches Holkham Park still c100yds west of main entrance

Norfolk Jack Snipe just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on west pool from bend in sea wall at c9am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Scaup fem still Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 9.45am Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well TG.049.442

Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Sidestrand

Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance just east of east pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431

Norfolk Hen Harrier male NNW of King's Lynn on saltmarsh NE of Lynn Point

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well