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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.

Monday 25th January 2016

A Peregrine was giving a spectacular display over the pines during the morning.
A Long-tailed Duck was off Gore Point and 8 Red-breasted Mergansers were also noted. 20+ Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham + 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water at 12:02 W/side of lumps NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves TL815900
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe at Gun Hill on beach at 14:30
> Norfolk Unconfirmed Report of Serin Downham Market this mrng 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 Great White Egret Reported Bowthorpe Marsh
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 13:10 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth at 13:24 NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 2 Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB at 12:35 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns at 10:14 E/of barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Serin Reported Downham Market mid a/noon rough ground off concrete road to sewage works N/of level crossing & E/of railway.Park by Fairfield Road & walk N/for 200yds