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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 9th Octoer 2015

A better day with visible migration including over 1000 arriving Pink-feet, a Merlin, a Jay, 23 unringed Long-tailed Tits in the nets, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats, 2 Tree Sparrows west, 2 Grey and 5 Pied Wagtails, 6 Rock Pipits, a Brambling, 2 Redpolls, 150+ Siskins, and a Lapland Bunting over the NWT. On the sea 1100 Common Scoters, 2 Red-throated Divers and 53 Gannets were seen, and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was still at the buddleia this afternoon.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Warham Greens this a/noon at N/end of Garden Drove NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Cley NWT at 18:15 E/of Arnold's Marsh on Wigeon Marsh but distant NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster 150yds west of Beach Road along path to beach PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton North Dunes in pine plantation NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this a/noon on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth early a/noon at Caister Road Cemetery NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey in Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on pool at W/end
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB at 10:30 on Fen Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting W/over Holme Dunes NNR
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in South Section NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk 53 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 17:45 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Firecrest Wiveton in village this mrng NR25 7TG TG040434
> Norfolk 2 Ring Ouzel (1 Male + 1 Female) Burnham Overy Dunes 10:30 at E/end PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Firecrest Great Yarmouth Cemetery in N/section + 2 Ring Ouzel NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier W/over Burnham Overy Dunes at 08:45 + 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier yesterday evng at Warham Greens PE31 8JJ TF879455