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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.

Saturday 10th October 2015

Highlights today were 2 Great White Egrets passing east over the grazing marsh early morning, on the sea 46 Common Scoters and 49 Gannets, a Red Kite heading west over Holme village, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshanks, one Barn Owl, one Short-eared Owl and a Merlin hunting, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a female Ring Ouzel which landed briefly in the pines, 2 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipits, 5 Redpolls, 23 Siskins and a Lapland Bunting over calling. Also of note  today was a catch of 82 Greenfinches in the mist nets.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Cley Marshes NWT at 14:55 just E/of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White-rumped Sandpiper Walsey Hills NOA at 13:27 on Pope's Marsh but distant. NR25 7SA TG062439
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Sheringham at 11:50 by footpath by Weybourne Heath, between Sheringham Park & Weybourne Station NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey at 14:50 in bushes by North Norfolk Coastal Path NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham in hedgerows near campsite at NR11 8HP; do not park near junction NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen on saltmarsh near Campsite woof this evng. NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting over Holme Dunes NWT + Female Ring Ouzel, Spotted Redshank & Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Burnham Deepdale 16:00 at cricket pitch with tit flock PE31 8FB TF803442
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Brancaster all f/path to beach just before sea wall. PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Cley Marshes NWT near Wigeon Marsh early a/noon. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey Fen heard by road late mrng NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Cley NWT E/of Arnold's Marsh by Wigeon Marsh late mrng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines W/of crosstracks
> Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Holkham Pines near Washington Hide at 11:00 in pines but elusive
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this mrg + Yellow-browed Warbler by Fen Trail PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Regis with tit flock by s/path at Beeston Common
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holme NWT 2nd bird flew/E 1/2ml S/of the beach at 08:15 TF715449