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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.

Sunday 8th November

Another blustery day with rain mid morning. Highlights were a Merlin, 5 Whooper Swans west, on the sea 300 Common Scoters, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 22 Gannets, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Bonxies. Also of note were a Water Rail, a Cetti's Warbler, a Stonechat near the east bank, 2 Bramblings, 15 Siskins, 3+ Snow Buntings on the beach and at least 1 Water Pipit.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Possible Amur Wagtail Titchwell RSPB on small pool w/of main f/path at 14:00 300yds NNW/of v/c. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at 13:05 W/end of South Flats NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Penduline Tit St.Olaves over bridge calling at 09:15 & continued towards Haddiscoe train station
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB this a/noon. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting E/over Kelling this a/noon. NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Hunstanton at 11:00 over fields s/of Lodge Farm PE36 5AH TF672409
> Norfolk Black Brant Cley NWT E/of beach road early a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Shorelark Titchwell RSPB on the beach. PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Shorelark Sidestrand flew/w at 09:55 + Short-eared Owl flew/e. NR27 0LT TG265395
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT E/of Beach Road at 09:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB at 09:10 perched w/of the main path PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12:10 + Water Pipit flew/E. NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Hen Harrier over Blakeney Point + 5 Bewick's Swan NR25 7DJ TG007464
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens at roost + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Ruddy Shelduck over Gorleston-on-Sea at 07:30. NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Breydon Water North Wall NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Happisburgh this mrng NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 11:57 + 55 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB at 10:08 + Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Water Pipit Cley NWT minimum showing well from Babcock Hide at 09:50 NR25 7SA TG049441