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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 4th November 2015

A rather grey, misty and at times wet day. Noteworthy sightings included a ringtail Hen Harrier that was seen on several occasions out over the grazing marsh and around the Broadwater, a Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Spotted Redshank, two Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, Cetti's Warbler and a Tawny Owl that was heard calling from the pines. Two more Water Pipits were also trapped and ringed our 6th and 7th of the autumn.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB early mrng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines by Washington Hide briefly NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide TF884451
> Norfolk 5 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Holkham Pines from Joe Jordan Hide NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay NR23 1RJ TF892458
> Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Stiffkey late a/noon + Short-eared Owl NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew in off the sea this a/noon + Water Pipit on the freshmarsh, Ringtail Hen Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Red-necked Grebe offshore & Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 9 Twite Thornham Point
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Hopton-on-Sea towards Radar Lodge at 16:40 NR31 9SE TM535997
> Norfolk Long-tailed Duck past Cley next the Sea NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 4 Bewick's Swan W/past Sheringham + Arctic Tern & 60 Little Gull flew/E. NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Holme NOA this a/noon. + 2 Water Pipit trapped & ringed TF717450
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy in field by hedge just e/of stile on track PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Holme NOA + 2 Water Pipit trapped & ringed this mrng. TF717450
> Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Sheringham at W/end of prom + Arctic Tern, 16 Little Gull & 4 Bewick's Swan NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Snow Bunting Cromer 08:55 at North Lodge Park briefly then flew towards the beach NR27 9HE TG219423