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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.

Monday 19th December 2016

A dull and misty day, seabirds were of most interest today with 2 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 50 Common Scoter, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, a Gannet, a Shag, and 2 Great Crested Grebes recorded. Also of note were a male Stonechat on the east bank and a flock of 30 Twite at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Todd's Canada Goose form interior N/of Docking in field this a/noon with 10,000 Pink-footed Geese + 40 White-fronted Goose & 6 Barnacle Goose TF785409
Norfolk Red-breasted Goose 1.5mls S/of Titchwell at Choseley at 15:44 in field with Pink-footed Geese then flew E/ PE31 8PQ TF757420 Norfolk Red-breasted Goose NW/of Brancaster at 14:45 with 10,000 Pink-footed Geese then flew off PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Titchwell RSPB late a/noon on Patsy's Pool + 1w Drake Scaup & Short-eared Owl PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose Bradwell this a/noon with Pink-footed Geese NR31 8QQ TG503038 Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Salthouse by Beach Road at 15:04 NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 23 Shorelark e/of Holkham Gap + 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 15 Velvet Scoter, 13 Long-tailed Duck & Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose near Hemsby with 2000 Pink-footed Geese NR29 4JG TG506172 Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance at 12:45 showing well NR14 7AL TG324058
Norfolk 13 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 13:30 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Beighton Marshes with 1000 Pink-footed Geese + 2 Eurasian White-fronted Goose