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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 29th December 2016

Birds on the sea today included a count of at least 30 Great crested Grebes, 20 Common Scoter and three Eider. A pair of Stonechat were along the east bank and in Thornham Harbour the Twite flock, around forty birds, were again present along with a Kingfisher and  a Black-tailed Godwit.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Adult Red-breasted Goose Docking at 11:30 in field viewable distantly from Pound Lane + 2 Tundra Bean Goose TF785409
Norfolk 21 Common Crane Stubb Mill in roost at 16:30 NR12 0BW TG437220
Norfolk 20 Tundra Bean Goose NW/of Rollesby in field with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 14;50 on saltmarsh E/of gap
Norfolk Adult Ring-billed Gull Wells-next-the-Sea ay 12:30 on the quay
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill Cley NWT W/of Beach Road on pool midway between A149 & beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh at 12:15 with 250 Pink-footed Geese + 10 Eurasian White-fronted Goose
Norfolk 4 Cattle Egret Halvergate by Branch Road in field near chevron sign late mrng
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting Great Yarmouth at North Denes
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road by football pitch NR5 0RE TG182100
Norfolk Scaup Titchwell RSPB at 15:00 PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens at 16:00 + Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin & Peregrine NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill late a/noon NR12 0BW TG437220 Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Stubb Mill this evng NR12 0BW TG437220
Norfolk 3 Snow Bunting S'past Horsey at 13:00 NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 14 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in tall pines W/of paddocks at 15:00 IP26 5HW TL822943 Norfolk 22 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT at midday on Bull Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 40 Twite Thornham Harbour TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk 3 Short-eared Owl Breydon Water + Spotted Redshank NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 25 Water Pipit Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 3 Waxwing Costessey on Jerningham Road by football pitch at 10:45 NR5 0RE TG182100 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Gramborough Hill at 08:00 NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 42 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + 12 Long-tailed Duck & Spotted Redshank on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436