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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 18th December 2015

Highlights today included the 3 Shorelark still at Thornham Point, 3 drake Velvet Scoters offshore, a Slavonian Grebe and an Iceland Gull at Gore Point. A Merlin was on the beach. 2 Greenshank, a Cetti's Warbler and at least 2 Snow Buntings were also of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 3 Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Blakeney Freshmarsh till 14:45 at N/end by The Quay by track N/of Manor Hotel then flew W/ & no further sign
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Holme Dunes NNR this a/noon on beach at Gore Point
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 14:12 1 in 2nd field SE/of barns, 1 in pines 2/3ml N/of Kugden Hill Farm PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Bean Goose over Happisburgh this mrng this mrng + Firecrest & Water Pipit NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Bean Goose over Happisburgh this mrng this mrng + Firecrest & Water Pipit NR12 0PR TG384309
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Cley next the Sea flew W/just N/of Hilltop at 14:25 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow over Blakeney Freshmarsh till 14:15 at N/end of The Quay by track N/of The Manor Hotel then flew E/
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT mid a/noon on E/side of Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese + AD Pale-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane near Horsey Mill in field + Ringtail Hen Harrier Ludham Airfield, 29 Bewick's Swan & 8 Whooper Swan
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Blakeney Harbour at 12:45 by The Quay opposite The Manor Hotel TG028441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach by harbour mouth + Slavonian Grebe Holme off The Firs TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow over Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage this a/noon showing well NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh 500yds along sea wall by pools at junction of paths late mrng + 7 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy on beach N/of Gun Hill, access along boardwalk PE31 8JJ TF853449
> Norfolk 2 Bean Goose over Winterton + 2 White-fronted Goose NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Holme Dunes NNR on beach at Gore Point + 3 Drake Velvet Scoter offshore
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NNR at 16:10 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Water Pipit Cley next the Sea 15:28 by windmill at boat moorings NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Reported Weybourne this mrng with 80 Lesser Redpolls NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 10:30 in harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe off Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB + Great Northern Diver offshore PE31 8BB TF759436