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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.

Monday 12th October 2015

Another busy day with seawatching producing 5 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-throated Divers, 27 Gannets, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, a Bonxie east, 2 Razorbills and 50 unidentified auks, and 2 Kittiwakes. On the reserve over 300 Goldcrests were still present with 125 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, and 2 Stonechats. Flying over were 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Bearded Tits, 2500 Starlings, 16 Blackbirds, 18 Song Thrushes, 63 Redwings, 2 Tree Sparrows, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 14 Bramblings, 25 Chaffinches, 275 Greenfinches, 4 Redpolls, 29 Siskins, a Yellowhammer and 9 Reed Buntings. A Ring Ouzel was around the NWT and there was another report of a Great White Egret flying east.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Ehrenberg's Redstart Burnham Overy Staithe at midday S/of fence in scrub W/of Holkham Pines
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 18:08
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 18:25 W/of cross tracks in willows S/of main track but elusive
> Norfolk Probable Pallid Harrier Thurton SE/over Birch Way NR14 6AG
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 12:36 in hedge (probable Daurian Shrike)
> Norfolk Adult White-rumped Sandpiper Cley NWT at 10:24 on Sea Pool E/of Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end by 14:20 + No Further Sign of Radde's Warbler W/of crosstracks & Yellow-browed Warbler
> Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines 16:50 by path 25m E/of dunes at W/end but elusive.
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Radde's Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery by North Wall + Yellow-browed Warbler NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 15:53 by the drinking pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Wells at 15:25 + Short-eared Owl NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Richard's Pipit Wells at 15:15 in field E/of Drove. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea this a/noon. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy over towards gun hill at 14:05. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods 14:15 at drinking pool. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Weybourne this mrng. NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Reported Stiffkey at 11:45 W/of c/p briefly. NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 5 Spoonbill Great Yarmouth at 09:25 over Yarmouth Street NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Caister-on-Sea this mrng but mobile + 3 Snow Bunting & Whinchat NR30 5HB TG527119
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring at 11:46 on airfield.
> Norfolk Possible Radde's Warbler Snettisham Coastal Park at 11:20 + Yellow-browed Warbler & 2 Ring Ouzel TF648335
> Norfolk No Sign of Pallas's Warbler Sheringham by level crossing this mrng by 11:20 + Short-eared Owl NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods late mrng + Firecrest NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Winterton-on-Sea near church on N/side of cricket pitch but mobile
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring at 08:55 on the airfield.
> Norfolk Possible Pallas's Warbler Stiffkey heard in wood NR23 1QL TF975431