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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.

Thursday 4th February 2016

25 Twite were at Thornham Harbour this morning and a Peregrine was dive-bombing a female Marsh Harrier over the grazing marsh. 2 Stonechats were around the east bank and a drake Goldeneye was at Gore Point. On the sea a minor passage of Kittiwakes was of note with 45 past in 30 minutes, and 4 Red-throated Divers also noted.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
 Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Roydon Common NNR at dusk + 5 Hen Harrier PE32 1AT TF680229
 Norfolk Sperm Whale Old Hunstanton at 16:15 just N/of Golf Clubhouse PE36 5AH TF672409
 Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier 4mls ENE/of King's Lynn at Roydon Common NNR at 16:08 on   post PE32 1AT TF680229
 Norfolk Sperm Whale Hunstanton stranded on beach at 10:55 PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk Spoonbill E/over Warham Greens at 17:00 + 5 Hen Harrier (Male + 4 Ringtail) NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard W/of Titchwell RSPB over Thornham Marsh at 15:05 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Caspian Gull Blackborough End Tip .Access resticted to NarVOS members only, non members view from public right of way PE32 1SF TF667149
Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh this a/noon showing well. Go thru gate on sea wall by bend to view base of fence after 50yds
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth at Beaconsfield Recreational Park this mrng NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park at 12:30 at N/end of lake + 2 Drake Scaup NR23 1QE TF950455
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh viewable from A149 but distant NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard SSE/of Titchwell 1/2ml E/of Choseley Drying Barns E/of barns, E/of Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill + Slavonian Grebe in channel PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park on lake at N/end + Scaup & hybrid drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard NR23 1QE TF950455