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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 Thursday 12th November 2020

A somewhat uneventful day, the highlights ,the immature Peregrine again over the grazing marsh disturbing on occasion the flock of around 600 Golden Plover present on there. At least two calling Bearded Tits were along the edge of the reeds by the Heligoland trap.

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Norfolk 6+Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes still 2.52pm from A149 layby tho distant
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Morston Quay on saltmarsh by NT kiosk mid a'noon
Norfolk Purple Sand Waxham at end of breakwater No.2 at 12.09pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Mundesley flew in off sea at 1pm
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still 1.12pm at Beeston Common in willows in willows opposite bench under oak (+Siberian Chiffchaff still)
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side this a'noon tho elusive TG.1016.4313
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings flew east over Weybourne Camp (+Black-throated Diver)
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Winterton North Beach this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 12+Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes viewable from A149 late morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Cley +juv.Pom Skua flew east (+ringtail Hen Harrier +Velvet Scoter flew west)
Norfolk 7.Ravens Burnham Overy Marshes at 11.31am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows at 8am [report of Siberian Chiffchaff was erroneous]
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Sheringham still at Beeston Common in willows at 8am
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Ravens Holkham Pines flew east over west end at 10.36am
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.08am
Norfolk Spoonbill 1w Breydon Water still from South Wall near pumphouse at 10.14am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Weybourne just north of Muckleburgh Hill still in hedge by airfield at 8.06am
Norfolk 20+Snow Buntings y'day Titchwell RSPB still on tideline at Thornham Point at 2.17pm then flew SE