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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 Sunday 22nd November 2020

On the sea today 400+ Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 10 Gannets, 9 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots were seen. A Bar-headed Goose of suspicious origins was on the grazing marsh once again, and a Peregrine was in Thornham Harbour, a Stonechat was on the east bank, and single Siskin and Crossbill flew over the pines calling.


A Peacock butterfly was near the Observatory around midday.


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk unconfirmed report of Waxwing SE of Brancaster at Barrow Common

Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR again 3.35pm

Norfolk Black Brant ad Warham Greens on saltmarsh at 1.14pm

Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton Dunes tho distant

Norfolk Great White Egret Haddiscoe Island

Norfolk 2.Black-throated Divers (both ads) Holkham Bay +Red-necked Grebe 4.Great Northern Divers. Short-eared Owl flew in off sea. c20.Snow Buntings in roped-off area briefly

Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh

Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 flew over Walsey Hills NOA late morning

Norfolk 40+Twite Blakeney at Chapel Pool

Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still at east end of Arnold's Marsh on shingle ridge

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight still mid a'noon just south of A47 300yds west of Tunstall Bridge TG.424.095

Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Cley NWT still just west of north end of East Bank on pool

Norfolk Grey Phal still 1.44pm Cley NWT just west of West Bank midway along Beach Road on pools by sluices

Norfolk Hen Harrier male near Massingham Heath over fields then flew west

Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT still at south end of Beach Road +showing well

Norfolk Grey Phal Cley just west of West Bank midway along Beach Road on pools by sluices at 12.38pm

Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still this a'noon 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill [was singing y'day] cTG.086.441

Norfolk 5.Bewick's Swans Sea Palling still in fields opposite Heath Farm at midday

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT flew west along beach at 9.25am (Black-throated Diver offshore. 2.Great Northern Divers flew past. 6.Snow Buntings flew west past Beach Hotel)

Norfolk 2.Glossy Ibises Acle Straight again just south of A47 300yds west of Tunstall Bridge at c10.50am TG.424.095

Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Burgh Castle over marsh at 10.27am

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

Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash

Norfolk Iceland Gull juv flew south past Happisburgh at 8am +drifted inland

Norfolk 9.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still

Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR

Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day Haddiscoe Marsh

Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day Cantley Marsh RSPB