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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 Tuesday 17th November 2020

Sea watching this morning produced counts of seven Gannets, two Red-throated Divers and the distant flock of Common Scoter plus two Snow Buntings flying west along the beach.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT

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Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 2.56pm 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill on shingle ridge +showing well cTG.086.441
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Bacton at Cable Gap
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still
Norfolk 25.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley still at Church Lane at White Cottage
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER Sheringham still at Beeston Common at SE corner 100yds west of south end of Caxton Park in willows opposite bench under oak at 12.29pm (+Siberian Chiffchaff still) TG.165.42
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Cley NWT off beach car park at 12.35pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Clippesby
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still late morning 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill TG.086.441
Norfolk WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.38am (no sign past Sheringham 10am-11.20am)
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad Salthouse mid morning
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER 2/3ml west of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill still on north side by Weybourne Camp just east of 5-bar gate at 9.55am TG.1016.4313
MEGA Norfolk BLACK-BELLIED or WHITE-BELLIED STORM PETREL Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.38am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR ad.male still 1/2ml NE of Salthouse +east of Beach Road at Gramborough Hill TG.086.441
Norfolk Pom Skua y'day flew SE past Mundesley 7am-10am