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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 29th February 2016

A gorgeous spring like day, which saw singing Skylarks and sky dancing Marsh Harriers. Birds of note included Barn, Tawny and Short-eared Owls, the latter adjacent to the entrance track, a Bittern, and Brambling and Siskins around the pines. A Greenshank was on the Lavender Marsh and a Jack Snipe at Redwell Marsh.


Short-eared Owl along the entrance track - Holme Birds Obs, February 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk No Sign of Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB by 10:40 but Jack Snipe present NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Adult White Stork (Polish ringed) Welney WWT this a/noon from Friends Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike just E/of Grime's Graves at 13:15 in sheep field + 2 Common Crossbill over TL815900
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike NE/of Santon Downham at Santon Warren 11:50 by St.Helen's picnic site IP27 0TS TL833873
> Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB at 12:50 on saltmarsh at S/end TF650328
> Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Cley NWT at 11:45 + Water Pipit salthouse in field E/over Iron Road this mrng & 7 Twite at N/end NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh at 11:00 by NT gate on fence by bend in sea wall + 30 Twite
> Norfolk White Stork (Polish ringed) SE/over Downham Market at 10:50