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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 29th April 2021

A very cold start with heavy showers clearing, highlights today were 7 Whimbrel near Thornham Harbour, a Whinchat and 2 Wheatears on the grazing marsh. A Cuckoo, 10 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers were also noted. Two Ring Ouzels were still in the dunes on the NWT reserve.

A single Muslin moth was in the traps, but 2 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Orange Tips and a Brimstone were also recorded.

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Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Sculthorpe Moor NR in field with Highland cattle from Water Vole Bridge at 2.36pm
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels near Sheringham still 2.20pm at Beeston Regis in paddock south of railway
Norfolk report of Dotterel y'day 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley was erroneous
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Heacham South Beach
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) between Horsey +Winterton at Bramble Hill near steps
Norfolk Wood Sand Dickleburgh Moor NR still 11.22am TM.173.831
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sheringham at Beeston Bump in paddock south of railway at 12.10pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham near Splash briefly
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels West Caister this morning
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sedgeford in field east of Glovers Farm at 11.12am
Norfolk Osprey west of Norwich flew west over Thickthorn at 11.37am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel SW of Aylmerton
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT east of East Bank from shelter then flew east (+5.Spoonbills)
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR from path at NE corner of E.Lake by 2.bridges at 6.45am tho elusive. Keep to paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Ring Ouzel SW of Holt at Thornage at Beck Farm near ford
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew east past Weybourne Camp again 9.45am
Norfolk Bar-tailed Godwit Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Hooded Crow flew NE over West Runton at 8.56am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Kelling Quags again 9.01am (+4.Spoonbills briefly +fem.Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa))
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Roydon Common NWT
Norfolk Wood Sand Dickleburgh Moor NR still 7.49am TM.173.831
Norfolk Iceland Gull flew west past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 5.Garganey (all drks) Hockwold Washes still +Wood Sand
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills y'day Cley NWT on The Serpentine
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp at east end from coast path