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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 23rd December 2015

Three Shorelark were again on the beach at Thornham Point, and 13 Twite were also in Thornham Harbour. On the sea 1000 Common Scoters, 4 Goldeneye, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Fulmars, and 24 Great Crested Grebes were noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at E/end + 2 Spotted Redshank, Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl & 113 Med Gull roosted NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 13:09 in field N/of Abbey Farm PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 9 Common Crane Stubb Mill roosted NR12 0BW TG437220
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on the freshmarsh at 12:34 TF884451
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Wells flying around xmas tree on high street at 15:50 NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham NNR at 15:15 N/of A149 by ruined farm but distant TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 14:15 SSE/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Adult Drake Black Brant Cley NWT just E/of East Bank c/p + 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 2mls N/of Stanhoe drifted ENE/at 13:42
> Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull King's Lynn 13:30 at Fisher Fleet mouth PE30 2QA TF631204
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Brancaster W/of B1153 & S/of Ringstead Road PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR on marsh N/of A149 at 12:34 TF884451
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns S/of barns over fields at 11:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:10 by Gun Hill, access off boardwalk
> Norfolk Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow Holkham at 11:16 W/of Lady Ann's Drive & N/of A149 but distant TF884451
> Norfolk Cattle Egret Sea Palling at 12:15 by Hickling Road in cattle field opposite Lound Cottage NR12 0UX TG432271
> Norfolk Red-rumped Swallow Holkham along A149 at 08:55 1/4ml E/of B1155 junction TF875439
> Norfolk Waxwing Woodborough at 13:30 in Sunningdale Drive briefly
> Norfolk 2 Yellow-legged Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 16:00 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 28 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR mid a/noon on beach near Thornham Harbour mouth
> Norfolk 3 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in the roost. + Short-eared Owl from the track NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Welney WWT at Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB in roost late a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Shag Wells at the quay this a/noon. NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Cley NWT from East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR on beach by Thornham harbour mouth
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in channel PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on pool w/of f/p PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Firecrest Lynford Arboretum near brick arch IP26 5HW TL822943