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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 27th December 2015

Three Shorelark were again at Thornham Point, and on the sea a Long-tailed Duck, 6 Red-throated Divers and 1850 Common Scoters were of note. At least 3 Barn Owls were hunting and a Merlin was behind the pines. A Stonechat was along the east bank.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour at seaward end of Staithe Lane on beach by harbour mouth TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Cley NWT at 15:25 on grazing marsh between North Scrape & Simmond'a Scrape with Pink-footed Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 5 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 40 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Adult Pomarine Skua E/past Cley Beach c/pk early a/noon + Bonxie, Short-eared Owl between Arnold's Marsh & Sea Pool & 8 Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Adult Black Brant Cley NWT just E/of East Bank at 12:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Possible Red-rumped Swallow S/over Winterton North Dunes early a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls S/of Titchwell SE/of Choseley Drying Barns at 11:45 in field by bend 1/4ml S/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR at 11:10 on Freshmarsh at W/end TF884451
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling in field with white cattle by Hickling Road opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk Female Long-tailed Duck off Titchwell RSPB at 15:30 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Brancaster Staithe on golf course from harbour c/pk this a/noon PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Salthouse NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme NOA TF717450
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB in roost this evng PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Barn Owl & Merlin TF717450
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Stiffkey NE/of Whirligigg NR23 1QL TF975431
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Breydon Water at NE/end mid mrng NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained grazing pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Roydon Common NNR late mrng PE32 1AT TF680229