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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 2nd December 2016

A Barn Owl was hunting in the dunes on the NWT and a Stonechat was also there. A Spotted Redshank was on the edge of the Broadwater and a Water Rail was calling.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Thornham Point
Norfolk Spoonbill E/of Cley NWT between N/end of East Bank & Salthouse on Sea Pool NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Hillington in beet field at Abbey Farm with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 39 Shorelark 1/2ml E/of Holkham Gap at 10:30 + 6 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 7 Long-tailed Duck & 3 Velvet Scoter
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull W/over Cley NWT at 11:45 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Stanhoe & Muckleton in beet field by B1155 with 5,000 Pink-footed Geese + AD Greenland White-fronted Goose then flew NE/
Norfolk Grey Phalarope Thornham Harbour at 10:45 but mobile TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Grey Phalarope Titchwell RSPB on beach E/of boardwalk till mid mrng then flew W/ PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret NW/of Wymondham at Kimberley Park on Park Lake late mrng NR18 Norfolk 21 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid mrng NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 09:25 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Probable Siberian Chiffchaff Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Filby Broad NR29 3HH TG461136
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB 0n grazing marsh + 3 Black-throated Diver offshore, Slavonian Grebe & 4 Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Ormesby Little Broad TG462139
Norfolk 4 Water Pipit Cantley Beet Factory NR13 3JA TG389037
Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting E/of Gramborough Hill this mrng NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk Scaup Holkham Park at N/end of lake by reeds at 11:15 NR23 1RN
Norfolk 10 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB NR13 4HW TG351056 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe off Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on beach at 10:05 NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 3 Scaup off Titchwell RSPB + Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 20 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road + 15 Waxwing Bowthorpe at Chapel Break Road NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk Black-throated Diver off Titchwell RSPB + 15 Velvet Scoter, 30 Long-tailed Duck & Shag PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 4 Purple Sandpiper Sea Palling on groynes at 08:45 NR12 0UX TG419252