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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 5th February 2016

Large numbers of Pink-feet remained on the grazing marsh all day, numbering around 3,000 birds they were repeatedly spooked by patrolling Marsh Harriers, with the resulting sight and sound creating some  real 'wow moments'!  The flock of around 25 Twite remained in Thornham Harbour, at least three Barn owls were noted and the pair of Stonechats were again around the obs building.

Pink-footed Geese over and on the grazing marsh - Holme Bird Obs, February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE/of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 16:15 PE32 1AT TF680229
> Norfolk 2 Caspian Gull (1 Adult + 1 1st Winter) Blackborough End Tip .Access resticted to NarVOS members only, non members view from public right of way PE32 1SF TF667149
> Norfolk 2 Common Crane E/over Norwich City Centre early a/noon NR2 1AW TG228084
> Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 14:00 on Lake at N/end NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh at top of Lady Ann's Drive at 14:33 NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this a/noon between hides NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh near start of NT footpath by bend along Blakeney to Cley embakment + 7 Twite
> Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum around paddocks this a/noon IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 3 Ringtail) Warham Greens roosted this evng NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk 25 Twite Thornham Harbour at seaward end of Staithe Lane by coal barn TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Female Scaup Barton Broad NR12 8AZ TG357222
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle at 08:10 on N/side 200yds from A149 PE35 6EJ TF672278
> Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs viewable from road on S/side
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Horsey Gap + 2 Short-eared Owl NR29 4EJ TG463241
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Waveney Forest from mound early a/noon
> Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 12:35 IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk 20 Snow Bunting Holkham Gap between 11:45 & 12:15 then flew off
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in main channel PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Firecrest Dilham in gardens on Mill Road
> Norfolk 58 Bewick's Swan E/over Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 4 Bewick's Swan Horsey in fields near Horsey Corner NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + Velvet Scoter offshore PE31 8BB TF759436