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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.

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Seawatching produced a single Long-tailed Duck, 15 Common Scoters, 3 Goldeneye, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmars, and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Along the east bank 2 Stonechats were feeding and 3 Bearded Tits were in the reeds. Forty Twite were at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Red-breasted Goose NE/of Docking at 14:34 in field viewable from minor road to Burnham Market with Pink-footed Geese + Todd's Canada Goose (form interior)
Norfolk Red-breasted Goose 1/2ml N/of Docking at 12:35 in field just E/of B1153 with 2800 Pink-footed Geese + Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), 3 Tundra Bean Goose, 11 Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose TF785409
Norfolk 7 Tundra Bean Goose (3 Adult + 4 Juvenile) 1ml NE/of Syderstone in field W/of minor road to South Creake at 15:22 then flew NW/with 6,050.Pink-footed Geese + JUV Greenland White-fronted Goose & 3 AD Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF838336 Norfolk 15 Tundra Bean Goose Egmere in field NE/of Haggard's Lodge TH905375
Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB from E/end of railway platform at 15:00 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull King's Lynn at Bentinck Dock on River Great Ouse at 14:52 + AD Caspian Gull PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill between Cley & Salthouse at Sea Pool Norfolk 5 Common Crane (4 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Heigham Holmes viewable from Martham Ferry at 14:20 + Ringtail Hen Harrier, Jack Snipe & 600 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between North Creake & Stanhoe SW/of Shammer House at 13:30 with 6,400 Pink-footed Geese + AD Eurasian White-fronted Goose & Barnacle Goose
Norfolk Cattle Egret Surlingham at 12:30 off The Street E/of The Covey in cattle field N/of Ted Ellis NR entrance NR14 7AL TG324058 Norfolk 8 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne at 11:30 with Pink-footed Geese in field E/of Station Road + Barnacle Goose & 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 17 Tundra Bean Goose SE/of Belton in field at Browston Green with Pink-footed Geese + 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR31 9HU TG464034
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Gap + 27 Velvet Scoter, 8 Long-tailed Duck & 2 Jack Snipe
Norfolk Great White Egret Heigham Holmes at 09:23 viewble from Martham Ferry Boatyard but distant + 2 Common Crane
Norfolk Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB + Jack Snipe NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Great Northern Diver off Holme NWT + Long-tailed Duck TF715449
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Costessey at 12:30 in rowans on Jerningham Road NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk 30 Snow Bunting Winterton Dunes NNR on beach + Male Hen Harrier & Female Long-tailed Duck offshore NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 48 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore this mrng + 57 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 13 Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh along se wall path at 11:15 + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 12 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 40 Twite Thornham Harbour at 11:00 TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Scaup Whitlingham CP at W/end of Great Broad
Norfolk Juvenile Gannet S/over Heigham Holmes at 09:52 Norfolk Male Hen Harrier just S/of Horsey Gap NR29 4EJ TG463241
Norfolk 5 Waxwing Costessey at 08:00 on Jerningham Roadby football pitch NR5 0RE TG182100