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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 Saturday 21st November 2020

On the sea today a drake Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Fulmar, a Great Crested Grebe and a single Slavonian Grebe were all noted. The Great White Egret flew over the back of the marsh during the morning.


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still mid a'noon in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157

Norfolk Black Brant ad reported Wells on saltmarsh early morning

Norfolk 22.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh again flew from roost +5.Great White Egrets still

Norfolk Black Redstart Burnham Overy still by harbour car park

Norfolk Great Northern Diver Cley NWT flew west past beach car park +17.Snow Buntings flew west

Norfolk Great White Egret Horsey east of road near Horsey Mill

Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Great White Egret still

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Cley NWT in Eye Field +Pale-bellied Brent Goose 14.Snow Buntings

Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning +4.Velvet Scoters

Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans just north of Sea Palling still opposite Heath Farm then flew off

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still early a'noon in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school TG.220.157

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Flitcham over field south of Abbey Farm at 10.15am

Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers Cley NWT off beach car park: 1.on sea at 8.10am, 1.flew west at 10.27am. Also 3.Velvet Scoters

Norfolk Caspian Gull ad just east of Filby in field from layby on Pound Lane at 11am

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Horsham St.Faith still in field east of Manor Road just north of Beck Lane opposite primary school at c10.45am TG.220.157

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Cley NWT just west of north end of East Bank on pool. 3.Snow Buntings on shingle ridge north of Arnold's Marsh

Norfolk 25+Snow Buntings Winterton at beach

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill cTG.086.441

Norfolk 3.Scaup (all 1w) still Ranworth Broad NWT from visitor centre boardwalk

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Snettisham RSPB