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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 Sunday 2nd May 2021

Three Spoonbills were in Thornham Harbour and 2 Common Cranes flew high over the Saltings, with 12+ Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, a Gannet, 11 Little Terns and 4 Sandwich Terns offshore, 6 Med Gulls, 2 Cuckoos, 4 Sand Martins, 90+ Swallows, 2 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Ring Ouzels in the dunes on the NWT, 7 Wheatears, 9 Yellow Wagtails, a Redpoll and 2 Siskins.

Just four moths in the moth traps; Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character and 2 Muslins. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak and Brimstone.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle West Runton flew out to sea
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew NNW over Langham Dome at c1.30pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Norwich still mid a'noon at Earlham Marsh TG.188.086
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp still on NE side in gorse by pines near coast path at c2.05pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew NE over Hunstanton
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Weybourne Camp still on NE side in gorse by pines near coast path
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail Breydon Water in horse fields at Humberstone Farm at 1.27pm +Spoonbill
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 1pm
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew high NW over Roydon Common NWT at 1.25pm
Norfolk Black Tern Hickling Broad
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm near Blickling flew over at 11am
Norfolk Garganey drk Hockwold Washes still 12.23pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Sedgeford still in field east of Glovers Farm at 12.01pm
Norfolk 8.Ring Ouzels between Horsey +Winterton along track at 10.30am
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Burnham Overy Staithe near houses +boats at quayside car park at 12.06pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Norwich still 11.43am at Earlham Marsh TG.188.086
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels (3.males) Cantley in paddock at south end of School Lane at T-junction opposite pond TG.375.053
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still 10.56am flew west along beach
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Weybourne flew east along beach at 9.56am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew high east over Cromer at c10.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Burnham Overy at 8.30am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew east over Sheringham at 10am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Cley NWT flew high east past visitor centre at 9.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew low east over Blakeney Harbour at 9.40am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew over Stanhoe at 9.25am
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail male Norwich still at Earlham Marsh TG.188.086
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR flew north from flood at 7.49am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank y'day Breydon Water still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Sculthorpe Moor NR still in field with from Water Vole Bridge
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again in field just west of Weybourne Camp (+Spoonbill flew east)