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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.

Wednesday 14th October 2015

The highlight today was the impressive number of Goldcrests again present around the obs, with over two hundred trapped and ringed. At least two thousand Starlings were present along the east bank and other birds of note included at least two Short-eared Owls in off the sea, with one of these seen in the same binocular view as two Gannets which were over the broadwater ! Sea watching produced eight Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-flanked Bluetail Holkham Pines 15:30 in willows W/of crosstracks this a/noon. NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Isabelline Shrike Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 17:45
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 16:40 in brambles east of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk 1st Winter Isabelline Shrike Beeston Common at 15:40 showing well, walk/NW from layby on A149 then take path/s NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Blyth's Reed Warbler Wells Woods at 07:50 between The Dell & toilet block on and off early mrng. NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Salthouse at Beach Road just N/of duck pond at dusk in bushes. NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Hemsby this evng. NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Waxham still S/of track 800m S/of Shangri-La chalet this evng NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy at 17:00 between the boardwalk & Holkham Pines + Short-eared Owl PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Wells Woods at 16:55 briefly in trees just E/of seat on path to drinking pool, west of The Dell NR23 1DR TF909453
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Wells-next-the-Sea today (possible hybrid)
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW/corner of N/section. NR30 1DW TG526082
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Gorleston-on-Sea at 14:20 on the cliffs. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Burnham Overy in the dunes. PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB today but elusive. + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Waxham 800m S/of Shangri-la chalet + Short-eared Owl in off the sea. NR12 0DZ TG440261
> Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Warham Greens N/end of Garden Drove at midday NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Warham Greens + Grasshopper Warbler NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua past Great Yarmouth + 2 Sooty Shearwater, Velvet Scoter & Short-eared Owl NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common by layby on A149 NR26 8RX TG165425
> Norfolk Pomarine Skua Sheringham between 07:00 & 09:15 + 3 Puffin flew/E & 7 Bonxie NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Honey Buzzard E/over Holt CP at 09:20 this mrng. NR25 6SP TG082375
> Norfolk Firecrest Winterton North Dunes + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Long-eared Owl Stiffkey at 17:10 in off the sea, landed in Campsite Wood NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Osprey Reported N/over Wiveton at 13:00 was in fact a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey helicopter NR25 7TG TG040434
> Norfolk Sooty Shearwater flew/N Gorleston-on-Sea at 13:13. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Osprey N/over Wiveton at 13:00. NR25 7TG TG040434