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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 27th October 2020

The Dusky Warbler was seen heard and heard again this morning around the Heligoland and trapping area, but with the weather deteriorating from late morning onwards there was no further sign. A flock of Swans, around twenty in total, were seen on the sea off Gore Point late morning and were thought to be Bewick's Swans by the observers.

The moth trap was unsurprisingly very quiet with only three moths, a Black Rustic, Turnip and Large Wainscot.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines near Meals House at 2.28pm
Norfolk 10.Cattle Egrets Welney still
Norfolk Richard's Pipit reported flew high over Berney Marshes RSPB (+2.Great White Egrets)
Norfolk Scaup fem still Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool. 2.Snow Buntings at north end of East Bank
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Holkham Park Lake at south end at 12.55pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp 6.55-9.25am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne still in willow clump just south of beach car park at 11.45am TG.109.435
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT flew over Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk 6+Caspian Gulls (2.ads 2.2w 2.1w) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape late morning
Norfolk 14.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still off Lady Anne's Drive with cattle
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Gorleston-on-Sea flew south past pier at 9.25am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew over Thornham Marsh towards harbour at 10.10am
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Holkham Park still in beech
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still near Heligoland trap
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB still on tideline near Thornham Point at 7.38am
Norfolk Richard's Pipit flew east over Cley at 8.31am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common still in willows opposite bench under oak
Norfolk 3.Hen Harriers (1.male) y'day Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill in evng +Great White Egret 2.Common Cranes