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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.

Tuesday 13th October 2015

With the wind direction changing slightly and the wind growing in strength, sea birds became the prime focus during the morning, with highlights including two Sooty Shearwaters, two Sabine's Gulls and three Pomarine Skuas. Ringing once again produced a reasonable catch of Goldcrests with a total of  46 ringed. Other birds of note during the day included a Mediterranean Gull and at least one Short-eared Owl watched coming in over the sea.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 16:55 S/of toilet block, NE/of The Dell in brambles but elusive NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 15:58 NE/of The Dell & S/of toilet block in bramblesbut elusive NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 15:00 90yds W/of crosstracks in willow but elusive
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common at 12:50 between layby & pond,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines at 10:30yds W/of crosstracks but elusive
> Norfolk Possible Adult Baltic Gull Waxham at 08:55 in ploughed field W/of church + Ringtail Hen Harrier SE/of church NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk 2 Sabine's Gull past Holme Dunes NOA + 3 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater, Med Gull & Short-eared Owl in off sea
> Norfolk Barred Warbler NNE/of Wells at East Hills + Firecrest & Long-eared Owl TF924456
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey at Campsite Wood late mrng + 3 Firecrest NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Probable Adult Black Brant Wells Quay at 11:34 with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Juvenile Sabine's Gull E/past Weybourne at 10:20 + 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Little Gull, Manx Shearwater & AD Drake Long-tailed Duck past W/ NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery mid a/noon NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh mid a/noon flew to ditch from Washington Hide but elusive
> Norfolk Adult Pomarine Skua past Cley Beach C/pk between 12:30 & 13:30 + 12 Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie & 7 Manx Shearwater NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods between drinking pool & lady Ann's Drive + 4 Firecrest, 2 Ring Ouzel & Great White Egret on freshmarsh NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Cley at Barns Drift NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Long-tailed Skua W/past Cley beach c/pk between 07:00 & midday + AD Pomarine Skua, 38 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwater, Drake Long-tailed Duck & Puffin NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Muckleburgh Hill between woods and the road at 10:00, heard only
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods 1ml W/of c/pk by main track near bench at 11:05 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines 100yds E/of crosstracks in sycamore N/of track late mrng
> Norfolk 1 + Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy Dunes 10:15 at E/end + 2 Short-eared Owl PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Dusky Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end in hawthorns by ditch just W/of no entry gate + No Sign of Radde's Warbler
> Norfolk 3 Pomarine Skua past Holme Dunes NNR this mrng + Sooty Shearwater
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Stiffkey in Campsite Wood + 2 Firecrest NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Reported Holkham Pines at 06:50 100yds W/of Meals House with tit flock + 2 Yellow-browed Warbler & Tree Pipit