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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 15th April 2021

A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling briefly by the NOA car park early morning, a Whimbrel flew through west calling and a single Swallow was recorded. Forty Common Scoter, Three Eider and two Red-breasted Merganser were noted on the sea.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe still mid a'noon in cattle field viewed from Well Road /Marsh Road junction
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad early a'noon
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh till 1.42pm at west end viewed from A149 layby then flew east TF.870.450
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Marsh at midday
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Limpenhoe in paddocks off Marsh Road at 9.30am
Norfolk Grey Phal just east of Wells still midday at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at east end of pool. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
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 9.52am. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Purple Sands Sheringham still on seafront
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh still at west end in cattle field viewed from A149 layby TF.870.450
Norfolk Great White Egret Loddon at Hardley Staithe from car park at 10.40am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Burnham Overy Dunes 200yds west of boardwalk at 10am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Thorpe St.Andrew flew west just south of Thorpe Marshes at 9.50am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe in cattle field viewed from Well Road /Marsh Road junction at 9.13am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv y'day Weybourne Camp still (+drk.Garganey)
Norfolk Ring Ouzel south of Cawston still at Brandiston
Norfolk Little Gull 1w y'day Nar Valley Fisheries in morning