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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 31st December 2016

Visibility was better today with highlights including 8 Bewick's Swans in Thornham Harbour, a Water Rail by the Broadwater, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 4 Bearded Tits along the east bank, and 6 Waxwings which dropped into the Dell briefly at 9.45am.

A Peacock butterfly was woken by the afternoon sunshine!

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes at 15:05 Norfolk 2 Cattle Egret Halvergate Marshes Norfolk 6 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB + 100 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Docking in fields this mrng + 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF785409
Norfolk 10 Tundra Bean Goose North Creake W/of Abbey Farm & W/of B1355 at 10:30
Norfolk 12 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 1st Winter Scaup Whitlingham CP
Norfolk 26 Eurasian White-fronted Goose in field just before c'park at Cley NWT at 11:15 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost late a'noon NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk 6 Waxwing Holme briefly at 09:45 in The Dell TF715449
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at Holt Road / Sandy Lane junction NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Denver Sluice at 13:20 on public c'park + 2 Common Crane PE38 0AZ TF590011
Norfolk Snow Bunting Caister-on-Sea NR30 5HB TG527119
Norfolk 4 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT from viewing screen beyond lookout tower. NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Scaup Tottenhill GPs again at 12:45
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at 10:55 at Holt Road / Sandy Lane junction NR27 9HE TG219423 Norfolk 3 Waxwing New Costessey on Jerningham Road. NR5 0RG
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Cromer at 10:25 at Co-Op c'park again NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 43 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea + 21 Velvet Scoter, Water Pipit on drained pool & Jack Snipe PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 12 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth on S/side of outer harbour at 08:40 then flew/N NR30 1EB TG531078
Norfolk 22 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT by Beach Road NR25 7SA TG049441