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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.

Sunday 10th April 2016

A fine and sunny day with many highlights including 200 Common Scoters, a female Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe and 2 Sandwich Terns noted. A Red Kite drifted through and a Peregrine struck a Woodpigeon over the grazing marsh mid morning. Waders included a Ruff on the NWT pools, 2 Greenshank, and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. At least 2 Firecrests were still on the reserve during the morning but elusive. Other birds of interest included 10 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, a Black Redstart and 2 Redstarts, 6+ Wheatears, 5 Yellow Wagtails, and 2 Tree Pipits over the Golf Course.

Highlights from Walsey included a trickle of Swallows heading west, 4 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Bullfinches on the reserve; a Greenshank was heard nearby and a Red Kite was seen over the East Bank. A smart adult Green Sandpiper was on the main pools at Cley NWT and 4 Little Ringed Plover were on the Serpentine.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 16:35 by sluice ob river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB near Tower Hide at 13:30 NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 10:10 briefly by Lankford Run NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Male Penduline Tit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 08:00 by river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Breydon Water RSPB at 15:05 on N/side NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 12:45 NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk 4 Common Crane Winterton North Dunes briefly before flying out to sea NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Great White Egret Berney Marshes RSPB + Short-eared Owl NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk No Sign of Hoopoe Burnham Thorpe