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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.

Sunday 20th December 2015

Highlights today were a Velvet Scoter with Common Scoters offshore and a Bonxie chasing gulls. The Iceland Gull was again seen at Gore Point and then flew off west. A Peregrine drifted low over the pines, and the 3 Shorelark were still on the beach at Thornham Point. 13 Twite were at Thornham Coal Barn and a single Snow Bunting was also seen at Gore Point.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 12:05 at Abbey Farm SE/over fields N/of Hide PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Wells at 15:52 opposite French's Fish & Chips showing well + Swallow NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull King's Lynn 15:15 at Fisher Fleet by Cross Bank Road on mud PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Iceland Gull Holme Dunes NNR at 14:32 E/of Gore Point
> Norfolk Cattle Egret SW/of Sea Palling at 13:35 by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns S/of the barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Holme Dunes NNR on beach by Thornham harbour mouth
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe on beach by Gun Hill
> Norfolk 9 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh but mobile
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 08:20 S/of barns in hedge PE31 8PQ TF757420