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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.

Friday 25th November 2016

A pleasant sunny day with a light easterly breeze, seawatching produced 2 Eiders, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, and a Great Northern Diver. Two Short-eared Owls flew over the car park hide and a male Stonechat was in the dunes. Norfolk Coues's Arctic Redpoll Salthouse mid a/noon just W/of Little Eye then flew towards village NR25 7XW TG082443

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from mound in Waveney Forest + 3 Short-eared Owl & 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TG457011
Norfolk 3 Little Auk past Hemsby in 7.5hrs + Pomarine Skua, 2 Scaup & 2 Velvet Scoter NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at 12:45 in cattle field
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 3 Shorelark Salthouse NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 16 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Salthouse late a/noon 500yds E/of Beach Road c/pk at Grmborough Hill NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 13:25 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB + 2 Female Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose N/of Docking in beet field by road to Brancaster at 11:15 with Pink-footed Geese TF785409
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Purple Sandpiper Overstrand on groynes opposite beach huts NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk 6 Velvet Scoter off Titchwell RSPB early mrng + 15 Long-tailed Duck & 2 Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436