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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 Wednesday 21st April 2021

Highlights today included two Ring Ouzels over the Observatory heading East, two Fieldfare along Broadwater Road and at least seven Wheatear and a Whinchat on the grazing marsh, viewable from Thornham Bank.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Wryneck Breydon Water on South Wall west of rugby club in scrub just west of small car park mid a'noon TG.509.074
Norfolk 2.Arctic Terns Hockwold Washes this a'noon
Norfolk 7+Ring Ouzels near Hindolveston at Nethergate Farm this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey Hockwold Washes still this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB again this a'noon
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still 2pm in field just east of NT car park from coast path +showing well
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Loddon still at Hardley Staithe in sheep field just east of car park at midday
Norfolk 6.Arctic Terns Thorpe St.Andrew flew east over Thorpe Marshes at 1.35pm
Norfolk 2.Slav Grebes Ormesby Broad still this morning +Arctic Tern
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (2.ads +1w) Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad
Norfolk Little Gull ad Thorpe St.Andrew still at Thorpe Marshes at St Andrew's Broad at 11.43am
Norfolk Common Crane Holkham Freshmarsh again at west end viewable from west end of Holkham Pines
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes
Norfolk 27+Whimbrel Loddon still in cattle field between Hardley/ Langley +Hardley Street
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton South Dunes flew north past Hermanus Restaurant
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Morston still in 2nd paddock east of NT car park from coast path at 9.33am +showing well
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels flew east over Holme NOA
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels near Hindolveston at Nethergate Farm on small golf course
Norfolk no sign of Wryneck Winterton Dunes near concrete blocks (but Short-eared Owl)