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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.

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

More signs of Spring today with the first Red Admiral of the year and three returning Avocets on the Broadwater. More interesting birds included a Bittern, Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler. Two Barn Owls were also hunting.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 8 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh near fence by bend in sea wall this mrng + 7 Twite
> Norfolk 3 Purple Sandpiper Sheringham on shore opposite Funky Mackerel cafe NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 17:15 + Short-eared Owl TF650328
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in main channel at 11:00, access from Harbour Way PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Bittern Whitlingham CP N/of island at 15:55
> Norfolk 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT E/of East Bank with Dark-bellied Brent Geese NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Bonxie E/past Trimingham + 2 Little Gull NR11 8EG TG279388
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad early a/noon + Slavonian Grebe NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in hornbeam in paddock at 09:00 IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk 23 Bewick's Swan Breydon Water NE/over E/end at 08:20 NR31 9QB TG464048