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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 Friday 16th April 2021

Two Grasshopper Warblers and single Peregrine, Cuckoo and Whimbrel were the main highlights today. Over 30 Mediterranean Gulls were around the Broadwater and on the sea 200 Common Scoter and 4 Red-breasted Merganser were noted. Single Common Quaker and Hebrew Character were all the moth traps had to offer.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells still 2.50pm at North Point Pools by of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on pool east of path. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew over Watton at 2.20pm
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 2.20pm
Norfolk Common Crane Kelling Water Meadow till 10.15am then flew west +may have landed in ploughed field at Salthouse
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Welney WWT by Main Observatory +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Horsey again 11.50am flew in off sea
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Horsey flew out to sea at 11.30am
Norfolk Common Crane Kelling Quags
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still in cattle field viewed from Well Road /Marsh Road junction at 10.07am
Norfolk Iceland Gull Horsey on rock groyne.42 at 9.50am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Limpenhoe still in paddock off Marsh Road at 8.46am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again flew towards East Bank at 8.25am
Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 8am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431