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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 13th November 2020

On the sea today 28 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Gannets and 2 Guillemots. An Avocet was a surprise on the beach and 60 Golden Plover, 37 Black-tailed Godwits and 200+ Lapwings were on the freshmarsh. A Merlin was seen near the wind pump. A pair of Bearded Tits were near the Broadwater and 4 Bullfinches were of note with 7 Snow Buntings on the beach near the Golf Course.


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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Upton Marshes NWT still by Upton Dyke south of Tall Mill Drainage Mill viewed from riverbank

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still early a'noon at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak (+Siberian Chiffchaff still +showing well)

Norfolk Little Auk Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 11.33am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Great Yarmouth North Beach

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp +Lapland Bunting flew east (+Great Northern Diver on sea) TG.1016.4313

Norfolk 8+Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes from dunes just west of west end of Holkham Pines at 10.15am

Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows opposite bench under oak at 7.30am (+Siberian Chiffchaff still)

Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +2.Great White Egrets still

Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Felbrigg Hall NT

Norfolk Velvet Scoter y'day flew south past California 7.05-10.05am

Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still at east end