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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 17th October 2015

The ongoing fall continued today with 141 birds ringed, 92 of which were further Goldcrests. The 2 Great Grey Shrikes continued to show at times near the entrance to NWT, and a Pallas' Warbler in the forestry was also of note. 2 more Short-eared Owls came in off the sea, and seawatching produced a Velvet Scoter, female Pintail, Red-throated Diver, 54 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Arctic Skuas, 19 Great Skuas and a Kittiwake. Other birds of note included 6 Blackcaps and 2 Rock Pipits. A Dark Sword-grass was in the moth trap.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Muckleburgh Hill on E/side at dusk showing well + Short-eared Owl
> Norfolk 1st Winter Male Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods W/of drinking pool at 17:27 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 17:12 between pond & lay-by showing well NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 15:00 W/of crosstracks + 2 Pallas's Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler & Firecrest NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods by pool beyond boating lake in brambles at 16:10 but elusive NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female King Eider W/past Cley NWT from beach c/p late mrng. NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods 250 yds W/of the drinking pool showing well at 15:30 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk No Sign of Olive-backed Pipit Muckleburgh Hill early mrng.
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh at 13:50 from Washington Hide but distant
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods W/of drinking pool at 13:05 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods late mrng W/of drinking pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods 11:39 at the drinking pool + 5 Yellow-browed Warbler between Lady Ann's Drive & c/p NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh 11:15 80yds W/of Meals House showing well
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 11:20 showing well N/of cairn. NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 10:45 W/of crosstracks but elusive. NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 10:20 W/of drinking pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines 50yds W/of crosstracks mid mrng. NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods at 09:20 by drinking pool + Pallas's Warbler mid mrng with tit flock W/of drinking pool & Firecrest NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 08:45. NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods W/of drinking pool & E/of the bench this mrng + Blyth's Reed Warbler N/of main track by pool beyond boating lake in silver birch & brambles NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide this mrng.
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods this mrng by Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Little Snoring Airfield TF950328
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 12:17 in The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 2 Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 12:16 E/of Lady Ann's Drive on main track showing well NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Stiffkey Fen in hedge SW/cp late mrng NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Waxham flew towards barn at 11:40. + Long-eared Owl & Firecrest NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk 3 Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines mid mrng 1,500yds E/of N/end of Lady Ann's Drive by path + Tree Pipit NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Northern Treecreeper Wells Woods at drinking pool. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Probable Dusky Warbler Burnham Deepdale at 10:30 in grdn of North View from coast path. No further sign by 11:30 PE31 8FB TF803442
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk 4 Pomarine Skua past Cley NWT between 07:45 & 10:45 + 3 Sooty Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Bacton at 10:25 in hedge W/of Mill Common Road
> Norfolk 2 Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods W/of drinking pool on main track mid mrng. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Probable Northern Treecreeper Wells Woods just S/of drinking pool. NR23 1DR TF909453