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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 3rd December 2016

Seawatching was productive today with an Eider, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers, one Black-throated and one Great Northern Diver, 16 Great Crested Grebes, and a Guillemot offshore. A Shorelark flew west along the beach and 2 Water Rails were near the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Isabelline Wheatear Burnham Overy Staithe near N/end of boardwalk at 13:20 TF848457 Norfolk Great White Egret Lynford Arboretum in trees at 2nd pit opposite sand pit at Lynford GPs IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 9 Shorelark Holkham Gap late mrng
Norfolk 6 Shorelark Burnham Overy Staithe on beach at Gun Hill TF848457
Norfolk Cattle Egret in cattle field opposite Wheatfen NR at 14:00 NR14 7DF TG305064
Norfolk 34 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at midday NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 10:55 at w/end NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 14 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10:50 from e/end of railway station platform NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Brancaster Staithe flew SW/over Barrow Common at 10:00 PE31 8BJ TF794442
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 09:50 Norfolk Iceland Gull flew S/path Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT at 08:45 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Waxwing Wells NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 3 Ringtail Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT this a/noon
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Holkham Bay + 19 Velvet Scoter & 2 Snow Bunting NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 4 Scaup Titchwell RSPB on sea this mrng + 3 Great Northern Diver, 36 Long-tailed Duck & 12 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Martham Broad this mrng NR29 4DJ TG459202
Norfolk 25 Twite Thornham Harbour again TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Blakeney Harbour + Long-tailed Duck, Scaup & Twite TG028441 Norfolk 10 Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay + 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver & 11 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Holkham Bay mid mrng + Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Slavonian Grebe & 8 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Water Pipit Cley NWT from Daukes Hide + 5 Bewick's Swan flew/E NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham at 09:15 at top of small tower TQ112013 TQ112013
Norfolk 2 Black Redstart Titchwell RSPB + 20 Long-tailed Duck, 7 Velvet Scoter & Great Northern Diver PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier flew E/over Blakeney Freshmarsh at 08:50
Norfolk Black Redstart Wymondham TQ112013 TQ112013
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Thornham over Thornham Marsh this mrng PE36 6NZ TF737438