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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 23rd October 2020

Once again the Dusky Warbler showed periodically during the day around the front of the Heligoland trap , with a slightly more co-operative flock of eleven Crossbills frequenting the edge of the pines nearby. Nine Tundra Bean Geese were a surprise find in amongst the Greylags and a Peregrine was regular seen  over the marsh too.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 9.Tundra Bean Geese Holme NOA on grazing marsh at 3.55pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Houghton St.Giles on flood by River Stiffkey mid a'noon
Norfolk Richard's Pipit 1.5mls west of Mundford flew west over Cranwich Camp at 3.45pm cTL.774.941
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Scolt Head Island still at east end mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 7.Tundra Bean Geese Holme NOA from car park hide at 3.10pm
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS still Welney WWT from Lyle Hide +showing well (+1+Cattle Egret still)
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still 2.40pm Holkham Park Lake at north end
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Titchwell RSPB near visitor centre by path to beach mid a'noon
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley flew in off sea this morning
Norfolk 23.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh by Joe Jordan Hide this a'noon
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still 1.24pm Holkham Park Lake at north end
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still this a'noon Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr just SW of Fakenham still at Hempton Marsh NOA this morning
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew west past Morston early a'noon
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Breydon Water along South Wall this morning +Great White Egret Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Caspian Gull 3w Winterton at beach
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near The Lookout early a'noon
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth still at Tar Works Road in hawthorn NE of Lobec Fabrications
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Gap offshore
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Titchwell RSPB still on sea off end of path late morning
Norfolk Scaup fem still Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on brackish marsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster over marsh at 11.43am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew east over beach at 11.38am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Thornham flew over saltmarsh towards Titchwell at 11.30am
Norfolk 8.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 8.25am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still just west of Heligoland trap mid morning
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Holkham near village car park mid morning
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still 9.45am Holkham Park Lake just north of island
Norfolk Great White Egret Limpenhoe Marshes flew east over Marsh Road mid morning
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) Holkham Freshmarsh still in NW corner by 5-bar gate TF.869.451
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Hickling flew NW over Bishop's Marsh at 7.40am (+2.Great White Egrets)
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets y'day Welney still
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill Sprowston flew north over Woodside Road towards Harrison's Wood early morning
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump before beach car park at 7.25am TG.109.43
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Titchwell RSPB still in evng