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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.

Saturday 19th December 2015

Highlights today were 265 Common Scoters, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar, 2 Guillemots and 29 Great Crested Grebes on the sea. Three Shorelark were again at Thornham Point, 2 Stonechats were on the east bank, and 5 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 13:10 at Abbey Farm W/over fields N/of Hide PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull off Gore Point this a/noon
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 2 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 25 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Water Pipit NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Harbour + 5 Twite TG028441
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling this a/noon by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose N/of Hemsby with Pink-footed Geese + Little Gull in roost offshore NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster opposite Field House Farm track at 15:20 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 14:45 S/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT at 12:50 in field along Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Thornham at 12:13 over the Marsh PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk No Further Sign of Red-rumped Swallow Titchwell RSPB from Island Hide by 11:58 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Possible Black Brant Burnham Overy Marshes late mrng TF849441
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT in field along Beach Road + 30 Snow Bunting by pillbox near c/p NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NNR on beach by W/side of Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe at 09:40 on beach by Gun Hill
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns in field s/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell Village PE31 8BB TF758437
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Choseley PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT in the roost.
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 15:35 in the harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Sea Palling at 14:15 on beach N/of Northern Reef NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 5 Twite Thornham Harbour mid a/noon TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe off quay at midday + 13 Twite flew/w. PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 11:20 in the harbour PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained pool W/of main f/p PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB offshore + 5 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436