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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 Tuesday 27th April 2021

Highlights today included two Ring Ouzels that landed briefly in the top of the pines close to the Observatory, with them or another two trapped and ringed along the East Bank shortly after. A flock of six Crossbills were in the Pines early morning, a Swift passed through heading west, four Little Terns were seen offshore and the Ring-necked Parakeet was seen again over Holme Village.

Female Ring Ouzel

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Waxham at pipe dump north of Waxham Sands +Turtle Dove
Norfolk 2.Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley just NE of drying barns at north end of field viewed NW from Chalkpit Lane crosstracks at 2.30pm
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Cley NWT till 1.38pm on Keepers Marsh then flew wes
Norfolk 2.Blue-headed Wagtails (1.male) Cley NWT on Keepers Marsh at 12.31pm
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool at 12.50pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel West Caister in paddock at bottom of Clink Hill
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Cley NWT on Keepers Marsh
Norfolk Serin just west of Cromer at 10.45am then flushed +no further sign by 12.15pm
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes at 12.03pm
Norfolk Spoonbill just NE of Burnham Norton on marsh at 10.08am +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Waxham still 10.30am east of Poplar Farm on west side of dunes
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Sculthorpe Moor on marsh
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv just south of Winterton in field (male Black Redstart Winterton South Dunes +male Ring Ouzel)
Norfolk 2.Garganey Hockwold Washes still 11.22am
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels flew east over Holme NOA
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Holkham Park near hall
Norfolk Wood Sand Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh +Spotted Redshank Russian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Brancaster Staithe on grass at The Close
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Breydon Water still
Norfolk 6.Ring Ouzels east of Burnham Overy still east of track in field north of stile. Velvet Scoter on sea
Norfolk Bar-tailed Godwit Bawsey on main lake
Norfolk 2.Jack Snipe just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Horsey
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Black Redstart Hunstanton then flew south
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Happisburgh flew in off sea
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (all males) Beeston Regis in sheep field
Norfolk Bar-tailed Godwit south of Welney at 7.54am +3.Whimbrel TL.524.926
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Waxham still in dunes east of Poplar Farm at 8.17am then flew SW
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Burgh Castle at Church Farm at 7am
Norfolk 9.Whimbrel Roydon Common in large top field
Norfolk Hoopoe reported on Saturday Great Ryburgh on east side north of Bridge Road in garden just west of River Wensum briefly 11.45am TF.963.274
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male singing still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR from permissive path between Bob Clarke Lake +E.Lake by 2.bridges TL.872.814