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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 6th November 2020

A beautiful day with clear skies and light south-easterly winds. Some visible migration took place early morning with 4 Bearded Tits, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipits, 6 Rock Pipits, 4 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 6 Redpolls, 2 Crossbills and 4 Siskins noted. A Great White Egret was on the NWT reserve and a single Shorelark was near Thornham Channel, while on the sea 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Gannets and 4 Great Crested Grebes were recorded. Also of interest were a Kingfisher, 3 Water Rails and 2 Tawny Owls.
 
A late Comma butterfly was on the buddleia and 4 Common Darters were still flying in the late autumn sunshine.
 
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Upton Marshes NWT with cattle by river at 3.30pm. From Marsh Road, take 1st left +walk to end of concrete road
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL 1w Salthouse flew west over Gramborough Hill at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay
Norfolk Great White Egret Holme Dunes
Norfolk 2.Great Northern Divers Cley
Norfolk EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL till 11.45am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags then flew off +no further sign by 12.30pm
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 11.30am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail still 11.19am north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk Hen Harrier male flew west over Morston at 11am
Norfolk possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Quags
Norfolk 1+Shorelark west of Titchwell RSPB at Thornham Point at 11.07am
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT +Scaup
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Water Meadow till 10.34am on north side of pool then flew west
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Kelling Quags flew over beach +may have landed at 10.06am (+2.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk 3+Great Northern Divers Holkham Bay mid morning +5.Slav Grebes ad.drk.Velvet Scoter
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew west past Holkham Bay at 10.22am
Norfolk Hawfinch Cantley then flew south
Norfolk 3.Bewick's Swans flew over Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still Breydon Water at west end 1/2ml north of Burgh Castle on South Wall Marshes in dyke between 1st +2nd stiles +showing well