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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.

Friday 16th October 2015

A strong north-easterly breeze kept many migrants lying low today with over 350 Goldcrests in the recording area, many feeding busily on the lawn just in front of the Observatory! On the sea despite ideal winds 63 Gannets, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots were the only birds of note. 2 Great Grey Shrikes were still present on the NWT reserve with one occasionally straying onto Redwell Marsh, and 2 Short-eared Owls were seen together, with Merlin, Common Sandpiper, 3 Swallows, 2,500+ Starlings, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrushes, 40 Redwings, 60 Robins, 6 Bramblings, and 40 Greenfinches also of interest.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 15:45 S/of track near beach by Drinking Pool + Yellow-browed Warbler NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods in brambles just N/of main track by pool beyond boating lake NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods at 16:12 by Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common at 15:55 between layby & pond,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods 15:15 by Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit 3/4ml W/of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill at 15:15 showing very well, please view from a sensible distance. From A149 at Weynor Gardens junction take righthand track, veer left then right to oaks
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh at14:30 Viewed S/from metal gate by track 50yds E/of Washington Hide
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines this a/noon in willows 50yds W/of crosstracks NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 11:55 in brambles just N/of main track by pool beyond boating lake NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods along main track W/of The Dell late a/noon NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR + Ring Ouzel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie & 4 Red-throated Diver
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB 1 on Meadow Trail, 1 on N/side of Volunteer Marsh + 6 Spotted Redshank on freshmarsh & Short-eared Owl from East Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Warham Greens on saltmarsh off Garden Drove this evng + 2 Hen Harrier & Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 3/4ml W/of Weybourne at Muckleburgh Hill N/of A149 at Muckleburgh Hill in scrub on N/edge at 15:45. No parking in Weynor Gardens
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide Hide at 15:15 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Wells at 15:10 in paddock S/of Pinewoods Caravan Park NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring Airfield TF950328
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens 1 at Garden Drove, 1 at Whirligig & 1 at campsite wood NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Little Auk e/past Sheringham at 14:00 + 8 Sooty Shearwater, Velvet Scoter & 5 Manx Shearwater NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Wells Woods in fields S/of c/pk at 13:30 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler NNE/of Wells at East Hills TF924456
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Stiffkey late mrng 200yds W/along track between c/pk & whirligig NR23 1QF TF964439
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Warham Greens at N/end of Garden Drove + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler between Warham Greens & Stiffkey c/pk, Firecrest & Ring Ouzel NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Titchwell RSPB from Fen Hide briefly at 10:30 then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park 200yds N/of c/pk + Yellow-browed Warbler in buckthorn TF648335
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR at 11:30 on satlmarsh N/of Saltings c/pk
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes SE/of Pool + Short-eared Owl in off sea NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua past Horsey + Redstart & Short-eared Owl NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Holme Dunes NNR in flght along track between Sandy Ridge bungalow & entrance gate
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Great Yarmouth Cemetery flew N/from North Section NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 09:15 300yds E/of Lady Ann's Drive opposite blackthorn in holm oaks in logged area NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great White Egret E/over Holkham Freshmarsh