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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 14th January 2017

A beautiful day with no serious damage to report at Holme following yesterday's high tide. Highlights were the drake Ferruginous Duck which was again on the Broadwater, 3+ Tundra Bean Geese, 11 White-fronts, a drake Common Scoter also on the Broadwater, 130 Golden Plover, Merlin and Peregrine hunting, and at least 3 Stonechats. Four Bearded Tits were still in the reeds around the Broadwater. A Barn Owl was hunting out towards Thornham.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT tho distant from Friend's Hide at 15:30 PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Downham Market S/of Wissington beet factory E/of College Road at 16:00
Norfolk 4 Glaucous Gull flew W/past Sheringham this a/noon NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 3 Tundra Bean Goose Holme-next-the Sea on grazing marsh + 1000 Pink-footed Goose & 11 White-fronted Goose TF717450
Norfolk 34 Shorelark Brancaster on beach PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk 1st Winter Caspian Gull Thetford on roof off Burrell Way IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Juvenile Iceland Gull Thetford at 14:35 off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens joinery. + JUV Glaucous Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA on Broadwater early a/noon, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham + Common Scoter, 2 Tundra Bean Goose & 1000 Pink-footed Goose TF717450
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens Joinery at midday + JUV Iceland Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 2 Common Crane Acle Bridge NR13 3AS TG413116
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Overstrand at 12:15 off c/pk NR27 0PF TG246410
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate at 12:15 at edge of village TG429067 Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 12:14 + 175 White-fronted Goose NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 3 Taiga Bean Goose Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 09:30 from railway platform then flew/E + Ringtail Hen Harrier briefly at 11:30 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk No Sign of Female Ferruginous Duck Malthouse Broad, Ranworth
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Snettisham Coastal Park at 09:15 N/of crossbank TF648335
Norfolk Adult Caspian Gull Thetford at 08:55 + Yellow-legged Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford off Burrell Way on roof by Howdens Joinery + JUV Iceland Gull IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier Roydon Common NWT late a/noon
Norfolk 7 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 29 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 15:35 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum near chicken enclosure + 4 Crossbill near bridge IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Redhead Smew Filby Broad this a/noon NR29 3HH TG461136
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby TG488118
Norfolk 2 Waxwing Sheringham mid mrng on Barford Road + Glaucous Gull flew W/along prom at 09:05 NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk Redhead Smew Filby Broad from viewing platform but distant NR29 3HH TG461136 Norfolk 19 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + 2 Long-tailed Duck & Scaup PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side by "give way" sign by A149 PE35 6EJ TF672278