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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 24th April 2021

Migrants today included 2 Whimbrel, a Woodcock, 3 Cuckoos, 3 Swallows, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats, 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 35 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Ring Ouzels (on NWT Dunes reserve), 1 Redstart on the east bank, 4 Stonechats, 4 Redpolls and 6 Siskins.

Ringing included 12 new and 7 retrap birds, a Northern Willow Warbler was the highlight.


Northern Willow Warbler by Theo Declermont

There were only 5 moths, 3 Clouded Drabs, a Knot Grass and an Acleris hastiana.

Two Green Hairstreaks were near the pond.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk White Stork Horstead flew over allotments at Frettenham Road at 3.42pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel north of Santon Downham at Grime's Graves just west of entrance this a'noon
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Pool near screen at 3.03pm +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Loddon still at Hardley Staithe in sheep field just east of car park at 3.01pm TG.389.011
Norfolk Grey Phal Cantley Marshes RSPB still from footpath from west end of Malthouse Lane at 11am tho distant
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp (+3.Ring Ouzels fem/1w.male.Black Redstart)
Norfolk Osprey Reedham flew east over Pettitts Adventure Park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT c1/3ml west of The Firs
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT by ditch 50yds before car park entrance at midday
Norfolk Black Brant Snettisham RSPB on mud at 12.55pm with c750.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Osprey Norwich over A47 /A140 junction at 12.15pm
Norfolk 38.Little Gulls Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape at 12.20pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Happisburgh at Doggetts Lane
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis in horse field near Priory
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels High Kelling at Squirrelwood Farm in paddocks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Caistor St.Edmund just west of Arminghall Wood at 12.05pm then flew SE
Norfolk Pied Fly male Upper Sheringham at west end of golf course at 12.07pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck c2mls south of Brancaster in grass field by B1153 at Ringstead crossroads opposite pig fields late morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Happisburgh
Norfolk no further sign of male.Dusky Warbler 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at NE corner of E.Lake near 2.bridges by 11am. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Warham Greens on saltmarsh still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills West Runton
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Beckham in ploughed field at 10.25am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by track to fishermen's car park TG.349.050
Norfolk Wryneck c2mls south of Brancaster in grass field by B1153 at Ringstead crossroads
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme at west end of Lavender Marsh
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water +ad.Little Gull Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk BLACK KITE just SSE of Heacham at Heacham Bottom just north of Carstone Pit over plantation east of A149 at 8.51am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp from coastal path
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Hunstanton near pond at Butterfield Meadows estate
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Thornham Harbour in tree opposite coal barn at 8.29am
Norfolk BLACK KITE flew north over Snettisham
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male singing still c7.20am 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at NE corner of E.Lake near 2.bridges. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml east of Cley trapped +ringed at Walsey Hills NOA at 6.20am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at north end of E.Lake near 2.bridges at dawn but no sign since Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml east of Cley south of Walsey Hills NOA flew west at c6.50am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Hickling Broad NWT on new scrape in evngNorfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Hockwold Washes still
Norfolk White Stork Horstead flew over allotments at Frettenham Road at 3.42pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel north of Santon Downham at Grime's Graves just west of entrance this a'noon
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB at Patsy's Pool near screen at 3.03pm +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Loddon still at Hardley Staithe in sheep field just east of car park at 3.01pm TG.389.011
Norfolk Grey Phal Cantley Marshes RSPB still from footpath from west end of Malthouse Lane at 11am tho distant
Norfolk Wryneck Weybourne Camp (+3.Ring Ouzels fem/1w.male.Black Redstart)
Norfolk Osprey Reedham flew east over Pettitts Adventure Park
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT c1/3ml west of The Firs
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT by ditch 50yds before car park entrance at midday
Norfolk Black Brant Snettisham RSPB on mud at 12.55pm with c750.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Osprey Norwich over A47 /A140 junction at 12.15pm
Norfolk 38.Little Gulls Hickling Broad NWT at Rush Hill Scrape at 12.20pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Happisburgh at Doggetts Lane
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis in horse field near Priory
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels High Kelling at Squirrelwood Farm in paddocks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Caistor St.Edmund just west of Arminghall Wood at 12.05pm then flew SE
Norfolk Pied Fly male Upper Sheringham at west end of golf course at 12.07pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis
Norfolk no further sign of Wryneck c2mls south of Brancaster in grass field by B1153 at Ringstead crossroads opposite pig fields late morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Happisburgh
Norfolk no further sign of male.Dusky Warbler 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at NE corner of E.Lake near 2.bridges by 11am. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Warham Greens on saltmarsh still
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills West Runton
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels West Beckham in ploughed field at 10.25am
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) Buckenham Marshes RSPB still by track to fishermen's car park TG.349.050
Norfolk Wryneck c2mls south of Brancaster in grass field by B1153 at Ringstead crossroads
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Holme at west end of Lavender Marsh
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Breydon Water +ad.Little Gull Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk BLACK KITE just SSE of Heacham at Heacham Bottom just north of Carstone Pit over plantation east of A149 at 8.51am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp from coastal path
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Hunstanton near pond at Butterfield Meadows estate
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Thornham Harbour in tree opposite coal barn at 8.29am
Norfolk BLACK KITE flew north over Snettisham
Norfolk 2.Garganey (1.drk) y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male singing still c7.20am 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at NE corner of E.Lake near 2.bridges. Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Ring Ouzel 1ml east of Cley trapped +ringed at Walsey Hills NOA at 6.20am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR at north end of E.Lake near 2.bridges at dawn but no sign since Keep to permissive paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Common Crane 1ml east of Cley south of Walsey Hills NOA flew west at c6.50am
Norfolk 2.Garganey y'day Hickling Broad NWT on new scrape in evng