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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 Monday 9th November 2020

A foggy start but mild with some sunshine later, it was another day of thrush migration with 300 Blackbirds, 150+ Redwings, 6 Fieldfares and 4 Song Thrushes recorded around the reserve and passing overhead. On the sea 9 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers, a Gannet and 6 Great Crested Grebes were the only birds of note but around the grazing marshes 35 Black-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Redshank were seen, with 6 also Snipe seen. Other birds of interest included a female Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 5 Redpolls and 7 Siskins.

 

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Norfolk Dartford Wblr male north of Stiffkey Campside car park at Stiffkey Binks at 3.40pm

Norfolk Long-tailed duck Holkham Bay +4+Great Northern Divers 2.Slav Grebes

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR along main track 500yds west of Lady Anne's Drive at 2.20pm with tit flock (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marsh still from north end of Halvergate Branch Road SW of railway bridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight in field south of A47

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Salthouse on Swan Pool by Iron Road at 1.38pm (+Little Stint)

Norfolk no sign of 1w.Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow this morning

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER y'day Blakeney Point +DUSKY WARBLER Richard's Pipit

Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Wells Woods +no sign of Pallas's Warbler

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Buxton Heath at 12.25pm

Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach near North Scrape at 11.11am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.54am

Norfolk Firecrest Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La at end of bushes at 10am

Norfolk Dartford Wblr male north of Stiffkey Campside car park at Stiffkey Binks at 3.40pm

Norfolk Long-tailed duck Holkham Bay +4+Great Northern Divers 2.Slav Grebes

Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham NNR along main track 500yds west of Lady Anne's Drive at 2.20pm with tit flock (+Y-br.Wblr)

Norfolk Great White Egret Halvergate Marsh still from north end of Halvergate Branch Road SW of railway bridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight in field south of A47

Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still

Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS juv still Salthouse on Swan Pool by Iron Road at 1.38pm (+Little Stint)

Norfolk no sign of 1w.Eastern Yellow Wagtail north of Kelling at Kelling Water Meadow this morning

Norfolk RADDE'S WARBLER y'day Blakeney Point +DUSKY WARBLER Richard's Pipit

Norfolk no sign of Dusky Warbler Wells Woods +no sign of Pallas's Warbler

Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Buxton Heath at 12.25pm

Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach near North Scrape at 11.11am

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 9.54am

Norfolk Firecrest Waxham 1/2ml south of Shangri-La at end of bushes at 10am