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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.

Saturday 26th November 2016

Highlights were 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Red-throated Divers on the sea, a Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl hunting near the village hides in the evening, a male Stonechat in the dunes, and single Siskin, Redpoll, Brambling and Lapland Bunting recorded flying over during the day.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose Burnham Market along Ringstead Rd at 14:00 + 6 Tundra Bean Goose TF823408
Norfolk No Further Sign of Coues's Arctic Redpoll Salthouse by Little Eye with by early a/noon NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes this a/noon in horse field at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Hockwold Washes IP26 4LQ TL727882
Norfolk 4 Shorelark Salthouse + 6 Lapland Bunting NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from C'park at 11:30 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes at bottom of Harper's Lane in horse field at 10:40
Norfolk 6 Shorelark Winterton-on-Sea in beach c/pk then flew/N + Scaup & 5 Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes in horse field at 10;05 at bottom of Harper's Lane
Norfolk 2 Shorelark Brancaster PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Gapton Marshes flew off at 09:25
Norfolk 15 Twite Salthouse this mrng NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Nunnery Lakes this mrng IP24 2YW TL873822
Norfolk 21 Snow Bunting Winterton North Dunes at North Beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 7 Snow Bunting Horsey this mrng NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Hickling NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Stiffkey at 15:15 + Spoonbill NR23 1QL TF975431
Norfolk 4 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach this a'noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew over Brancaster mid a'noon + 5 Scaup, 2 Great Northern Diver, 28 Long-tailed Duck & 9 Velvet Scoter PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk Eurasian White-fronted Goose Docking just N/of Docking this a'noon TF785409
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea this a/noon + Slavonian Grebe & 3 Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad at 13:45 from viewing platform but distant TG462139 Norfolk 7 Waxwing Norwich at 13:35 near Gypsy Lane NR2 1AW TG228084
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck flew past Sheringham this mrng + Velvet Scoter NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT at 13:15 from Babcock Hide NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 25 Waxwing Costessey at 13:00 on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG TG182100
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT on Watling Water from Babcock Hide + Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Burnham Overy Dunes off Gun Hill + Great Northern Diver & 20 Velvet Scoter PE31 8JJ TF879455
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Salthouse opposite Dun Cow late mrng NR25 7XW TG082443 Norfolk Scaup Titchwell RSPB on the sea at 10:25 + 20 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Hawfinch Santon Warren at Field Barn opposite ride.24 early mrng IP27 0TS TL833873 Norfolk 23 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 7 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter flew N/past Gorleston-on-Sea by 08:00 NR31 6PL TG532036
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 31 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road NR5 0RG