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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.

Friday 20th November 2015

Most of the interest today was focused on the sea, where highlights included 2 Goldeneyes, 2 male Goosanders, 10 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Skua, 3 Razorbills, 1 Guillemot and 5 Little Auks!

Highlights elsewhere around the reserve were a Merlin, a Stonechat along the East Bank, 8+ Twite towards Thornham and a Rock Pipit at Gore Point.


Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Snettisham RSPB in trees early mrng then flew towards Heacham. TF650328
> Norfolk Hoopoe NE/of Spixworth at Crostwick at 13:20 in paddocks at top of slope 200yds NNE/of Hall Road junction NR12 7BB
> Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB on the saltmarsh TF650328
> Norfolk Glossy Ibis Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Humpback Whale Winterton-on-Sea at 10:45 heading/S 2.5mls offshore
> Norfolk Humpback Whale off Winterton-on-Sea at 08:45
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + Water Pipit on the freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Firecrest Aylsham TG192269
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Attleborough at 10:30
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham E/of The Funky Mackerel Cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Beeston Common at 08:40 then flew/S. NR26 8RX TG165425