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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 28th April 2021

Birds of note today were 5 Spoonbills, 5 Wheatears, 2 Cuckoos, 2 White Wagtails and 2 Ring Ouzels. Birds on the sea included 5 Arctic Terns east, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Gannets.

One of today's Spoonbills

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Norfolk 4.Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT from Broad Viewpoint
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Holme Dunes NWT just south of approach road behind last horse paddock
Norfolk 5.Black Terns still 2.22pm Dickleburgh Moor NR TM.173.831
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still 1.40pm at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Black Tern Cley NWT flew east past north end of East Bank
Norfolk Little Gull Filby Broad at 1pm
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels just SW of Holkham Pines in field at 11.30am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew tover Upton Marshes at 11.02am
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance at 12.18pm tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Waxham by poultry farm near pipe dump
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis in sheep field
Norfolk 5.Black Terns Dickleburgh Moor NR at 11.16am TM.173.831
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Welney WWT at reedbed +10.Common Cranes flew north
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 10.35am 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR from permissive path at NE corner of E.Lake by 2.bridges +showing well. Keep to paths TL.872.814
Norfolk 2.Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 10.10am
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER male still 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR from permissive path at NE corner of E.Lake by 2.bridges at 7.50am. Keep to paths TL.872.814
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still +35.Arctic Terns flew east
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley still 9.15am on Cley Green
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Holme Dunes by approach road +male Ring Ouzel
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills flew east over Holme NOA
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Winterton South Dunes 
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew east over Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Beeston Regis still in sheep field
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels east of Burnham Overy still east of track north of A149 in field before 1st gate
Norfolk no sign of any Dotterel 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley just NE of drying barns at north end of field viewed NW from Chalkpit Lane crosstracks
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Cley on Cley Green
Norfolk Jack Snipe Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool 
Norfolk 29.Whimbrel y'day Limpenhoe Marsh in evng
Norfolk Common Crane flew SE over Burnham Overy at 7.09am