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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 Monday 12th April 2021

A Great White Egret was on the grazing marsh during the afternoon and 90 Golden Plover were south of the Hun. A Cuckoo was around the car parks mid morning, and 3 Swallows, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 3+ Sedge Warblers, 3 Bramblings and 4 Siskins were also of interest.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at South Wall
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hunstanton still 1.05pm at South Beach in horse paddock
Norfolk 2.Garganey Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh at 12.20pm +Spoonbill +Osprey flew north
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT +Common Crane
Norfolk Raven y'day Brettenham Heath NNR flew south over Peddars Way at 9.15am
Norfolk 4.Lapland Buntings still Happisburgh north of Church Farm in ploughed field west of gun emplacements at 1pm TG.374.317
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew west over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 1.25pm
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west past Cley
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Hickling Broad NWT on last pool by track to Stubb Mill +Jack Snipe
Norfolk Osprey Whitlingham Ctry Park flew NW over Trowse Meadows at 1.10pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe in sheep paddocks by road by Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe Marshes at 12.10pm then flew into wood
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at midday
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes flew west over Aylmerton at 12.23pm +Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB at point
Norfolk Black Redstart 1w.male Titchwell still in horse paddocks +Little Gull TF.753.438
Norfolk Water Pipit Hickling Broad NWT on last pool by track to Stubb Mill at 11.10am
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Hunstanton at South Beach in horse paddock at 11.11am