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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.

Wednesday 24th February 2016

Seawatching today produced 3 Eiders, 1000 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Fulmars, and a Great Crested Grebe. A female Merlin was hunting, 21 Twite were at Thornham Harbour, 2 Siskins flew over calling and a female Blackcap was also of note.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park opposite information post 6 at 15:30 NR23 1RN
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard E/of Choseley Drying Barns at 14:25 E/of Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 7 Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh by bend in sea wall this a/noon + 10 Twite
> Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Choseley Drying Barns flew/N over fields S/of barns at 13:15 PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Adult Female Ferruginous Duck Holkham Park opposite nature trail 9 this a/noon under fallen tree NR23 1RN
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe at 11:48 Gun Hill in NW/Corner
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 16:50 PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Choseley Drying Barns PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 21 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk 3 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Short-eared Owl Brancaster W/over saltmarsh at 15:00 PE31 8AW TF772438
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe at 15:10 in main channel TF792410
> Norfolk Water Pipit Brancaster Staithe PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Filby Broad late mrng but distant + No Sign of Slavonian Grebe NR29 3HH TG461136
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Brancaster Staithe in main channel PE31 8BJ TF794442
> Norfolk Shag Wells in the harbour NR23 1AR TF917437
> Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 09:30 IP26 5HW TL822943