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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 22nd January 2016

A wet miserable day, with the most notable birds being the large numbers of 450+ Wigeon and 500 Teal that remain on and around the broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Sperm Whale Hunstanton at 18:05 on rocks below Salad Bowl Cafe + 2 dead Sperm Whales PE36 5AH TF672409
> Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Horsey Corner this a/noon with Pink-foote Geese + Eurasian White-fronted Goose & 4 Hen Harrier (Male + 3 Ringtail) at Stubb Mill roost NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide this mrng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull Blackborough End Tip in field by A47 mid a/noon then flushed PE32 1SF TF667149
> Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 15:30 NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard SSE/of Titchwell 1/2ml E/of Choseley Drying Barns over pines SE/of barns at 14:30 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Serin Downham Market mid a/noon on rough ground off concrete road to sewage works N/of level crossing & E/of railway.Park by Fairfield Road & walk N/for 200yds
> Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:20. Go thru NT Gate on bend in sea wall to view fence after 80yds
> Norfolk 1st Winter Grey Phalarope Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 10:40 but elusive NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Great White Egret W/of Norwich at Bowthorpe Marsh at 08:25 N/of B1108 by River Yare on flood below Colney Church TG178080
> Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 4 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Cley NWT from Babcock Hide but elusive NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 2 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs in SE/corner at 14:55
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained grazing pool + Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 9 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth on North Beach NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side near give sign PE35 6EJ TF672278