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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 4th February 2021

A Tawny Owl and 2 Water Rails were heard during the day. A mysterious flock of  12 Pochard appeared on the edge of the Broadwater with 15 Tufted Ducks. Three Bullfinches were in the hedges along Broadwater Road and 3 Redwings were in scrub opposite the NOA car park.

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Norfolk 10.Snow Buntings Salthouse on beach at midday
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton in fields opposite Burnham Market turning. 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy on town marshes
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets Burnham Norton in fields opposite Burnham Market turning. 2.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy on town marshes
Norfolk Scaup 1w.fem Whitlingham Ctry Park still at Great Broad at west end at 9.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Poringland on roof 
Norfolk Cattle Egret Thurne still south of staithe with horses
Norfolk 25.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day flew over Cley NWT
Norfolk 30.Bewick's Swans Wymondham flew east over abbey at 8.07am
Norfolk 44.Bewick's Swans y'day Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey in a'noon