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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 20th October 2015

Migration was winding down a bit today ahead of the weather due in tomorrow. On the sea 3 Eiders, a Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannets, 20 Great Crested Grebes, and 6 Razorbills were of note, while on the reserve a few more Goldcrests were still present but there was no further sign of the Great Grey Shrike. Barn, Tawny and Short-eared Owls were seen today, 3 Bearded Tits were along the east bank, a single Swallow went through, and 5 Blackcaps, 3 Stonechats, 5 Rock Pipits, 16 Bramblings, 16 Redpolls, and 20 Siskins were of note.

One of two Bearded Tits caught today on the east bank - Holme Bird Obs, 20th September 2015

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods at 17:10 W/of c/p on main track past 2nd bench on main track. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods at 15:15 W/of drinking pool below pines. + Tree Pipit, Pallas's Warbler by 1st bench on main track & No Further Sign of Red-flanked Bluetail NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods at 14:36 on main track just beyond Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk No Sign of 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike (probable Daurian) W/of Beeston Regis at Beeston Common this mrng,.Park in large layby by A149 just beyond Brook Road & walk SW/ onto common NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Olive-backed Pipit Wells Woods 400yds W/of Drinking Pool briely at 10:35 NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods late mrng near Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Female/Immature Red-flanked Bluetail Wells Woods near Drinking Pool NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Red-veined Darter (dragonfly) Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes at 17:50 near Eastern Pools + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Horsey this evng from viewpoint NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey 16:09 from viewpoint + Great Grey Shrike NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk 3 Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this a/noon. NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey 15:00 circling 330yds S/of Nelson Head. NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes by toad pools NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Holkham Pines at 13:50 1/2ml E/of Lady Ann's Drive NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Aylmerton at 13:15 in garden
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Richard's Pipit Burnham Overy by 13:00 PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 13:45 TF884451
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods W/along main track towards Holkham Pines NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 11:50 TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Winterton North Dunes + Great Grey Shrike NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Kelling Water Meadows at 11:08 W/of pool NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton w/over clifftop c/pk at 09:15
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewable from sea wall at Burnham Overy Staithe TF884451