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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 13th February 2021

Snipe and Water Rail sheltering and feeding in the Dell. A Woodcock was with them.

Another bitterly cold wind today with even less unfrozen ground, Woodcock (12+) and Snipe (15+) were numerous with several feeding in sheltered areas of the reserve. Two Peregrines and a Barn Owl were hunting again.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park still 2.45pm on Great Broad +1w.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Ormesby Little Broad still +Bittern
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Norwich at Longwater on NEWS building at midday
Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park still this a'noon on Great Broad
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad. Bittern still on ice in Conservation Bay
Norfolk Great White Egret Kimberley Hall Lake at 9.52am
Norfolk Smew redhead Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad at west end opposite car park
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still +2.Russian White-fronted Geese flew over