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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 Wednesday 28th October 2020

The Dusky Warbler was still present around the mouth of the Heligoland trap, though the strong wind and presence of two ringed Chiffchaffs (one of which appeared a good candidate for a Siberian) made actually seeing it a frustrating experience ! A sea watch produced counts of 9 Red-throated Divers, 20 Gannets, 13 Great-crested Grebe and 8 Guillemots plus a distant flock of Common Scoter, which numbered at least 450 birds. A flock of 300 Golden Plover were also on the Grazing Marsh and at least seven Twite were present in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Scaup fem still 2pm Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 2.10pm Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well
Norfolk 5.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB on tideline near Thornham Point at 12.28pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Monday Holme Dunes
Norfolk Scaup fem still Cley NWT west of north end of East Bank on pool this morning
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape this morning
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Hopton-on-Sea mid morning
Norfolk no sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham (but 6.Russian White-fronted Geese on freshmarsh from west end of pines +Great White Egret)
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still this a'noon Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh from footpath west of visitor centre +showing well
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk 17.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still. 4.Velvet Scoters off Holkham Gap with 42.Common Scoters
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 7+Twite Thornham Harbour at 9.50am tho mobile
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still 10.22am Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road at Sea Lawn NR25 7RZ
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS again 10.05am Cley NWT on Keepers' Marsh from A149 Coast Road
Norfolk no sign of drk.Ring-necked Duck Holkham Park Lake (but c5.Hawfinches still in beech near entrance)
Norfolk 1+Y-br.Wblr Sheringham at Beeston Common still in willows opposite bench under oak at 7.40am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Holme NOA still in willows near Heligoland trap at 8.40am
Norfolk 37.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marsh RSPB +Brent Goose
Norfolk 5.Twite Thornham Harbour still 7.52am
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS Cley NWT on Keeper's Marsh from A149 Coast Road then flew west towards Blakeney Freshmarsh +appeared to land
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS Cley NWT from A149 Coast Road then flew west towards Blakeney Harbour
Norfolk no news on drk.Ring-necked Duck Holkham Park Lake
Norfolk 3+Hawfinches Holkham Park still just inside entrance