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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.

Friday 27th January 2017

The Ferruginous Duck was present as usual, also of interest were a Short-eared Owl in off the sea in the afternoon, a Merlin hunting over the grazing marshes,and 2 Stonechats along the east bank.

Siberian Chiffchaff near the East Bank - Walsey Hills, January 2017

 Snow Bunting on tidewrack - Kelling Quags, January 2017

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Caspian Gull Breydon Water in roost NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 6 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field E/of windmill this a/noon with Pink-footed Geese + 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham on beach by The Two Lifeboats at 13:40 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Chedgrave Marshes at 14:15 but distant
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT in reed litter off East Bank near c/pk at 11:15 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Burgh Castle at 13:25 + White-fronted Goose on River Yare TG457011
Norfolk Adult Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA at 10:00 on Broadwater, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450
Norfolk 3 Lapland Bunting just S/of Kelling Quags at Meadow Lane on tide line with Skylarks Norfolk 25 Shorelark Holkham Bay 1/2ml W/of Holkham Gap on seaward side of roped area at 11:10 NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham flew E/along seafront at 08:55 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne4 in field E/of windmill at 08:35 with Pink-footed Geese + 4 Eurasian White-fronted Goose NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley Beach c/pk 100yds W/of coastguards NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 2 Mealy Redpoll Titchwell RSPB + 32 Velvet Scoter offshore & 70 Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby 12:45 in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on ice by Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Waxwing 1/2ml E/of Thornham by A149 in orchard at Drove Orchard Farm shop PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NNR at 10:15 on beach 100yds W/of N/end of Beach Road Norfolk Slavonian Grebe W/past Cley Beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 4 Velvet Scoter Cley Beach c/pk flew E/ then W/past beach c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441