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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 May 4th 2021

A rather wet and blustery day, a Spoonbill was on the Broadwater, a Ring Ouzel was along the East Bank and a Common Sandpiper was on the Broadwater. Eight House Martin and four Swifts were also noted battling west against the wind.

The moth trap unsurprisingly only held one moth, a Powered Quaker.

Ring Ouzel on the East Bank

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Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels y'day Sidestrand
Norfolk Jack Snipe just east of Wells still at North Point Pools west of 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 Iceland Gull juv Weybourne Camp still on beach at 11.49am
Norfolk Dotterel still 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell ENE of Choseley drying barns in field east of Chalk Pit Lane TF.765.414
Norfolk Shorelark still c11.25am 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell at Choseley SE of drying barns in ploughed field east of Chalk Pit Lane viewed from field entrance TF.765.414
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.48am
Norfolk Shorelark still 10.29am 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell at Choseley SE of drying barns in ploughed field east of Chalk Pit Lane viewed from field entrance TF.765.414
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh at 9.45am +2.Garganey (1.drk) Spoonbill
Norfolk Shorelark still 1.5mls SSE of Titchwell at Choseley SE of drying barns in ploughed field east of Chalk Pit Lane viewed from field entrance TF.765.414