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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.

Thursday 5th November 2015

Still signs of some migration today with over 2,500 Starlings counted moving west along the coast during the morning. Several small flocks of Lapwing, totalling 115 birds were also noted heading west and presumed newly arriving Pink-feet, c300 birds, were counted during the day coming in off the sea. Four Whooper swans were seen flying west past Gore Point,  a late Swallow and a Merlin were over the east bank mid morning and a ring tailed Hen Harrier was again noted over the grazing marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water On North Flats near green post 33 & 35 mid mrng at low tide + 4 Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB over Autumn Trail at 08:30 + Ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, 2 Spotted Redshank & Water Pipit. 3 Slavonian Grebe & 5 Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh on pools from Wasington Hide at midday TF884451