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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 29th October 2020

A rather wet and miserable day at the coast. The Dusky Warbler remained in the Willows around the mouth of the Heligoland trap though elusive and at least six Twite were reported from Thornham Harbour.

The moth traps contained Black Rustic(2), Large Wainscot (4) and Large Yellow Underwing.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2.51pm Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well
Norfolk Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.50pm
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Thornham Marsh
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 12.50pm Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh near gate from footpath west of visitor centre
Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley Marsh RSPB
Norfolk 54.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marsh RSPB
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 12.02pm Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well
Norfolk 4.Hawfinches Holkham Park still 9.45am 100yds west of entrance gate
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.50am
Norfolk no sign of any Penduline Tits Cley NWT near Daukes' Hide 9am-9.30am
Norfolk 4.PENDULINE TITS reported y'day Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 11.03am
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cantley Marsh RSPB in willows by river at 8.57am TG.369.030
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still in willows near Heligoland trap
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT
Norfolk PENDULINE TIT fem y'day Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide at 11.03am
Norfolk PENDULINE TIT y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Tundra Bean Geese Cley NWT flew west over East Bank at c8.10am
Norfolk Scaup fem still Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool
Norfolk 8+Hawfinches Holkham Park 75yds east of entrance gate in beech canopy at 7.15am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh from footpath west of visitor centre