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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 28th January 2017

There was no sign of the Ferruginous Duck today but on the sea a Great Northern Diver, 18 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Eiders, a Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Guillemot and a Kittiwake were of note. A Peregrine was hunting the marsh mid morning and a Cetti's Warbler was by the Broadwater.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Morston Quay NR25 7DJ TG011444 Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island till 16:50 then flew to Waveney Forest TG457011
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Beeston Regis at 15:20 on sea off caravan park
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Holme-next-the Sea offshore at 15:35 + 40 Long-tailed Duck TF717450
Norfolk 4 Spoonbill Halvergate Island at 10:30 + Ringtail Hen Harrier TG429067
Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull flew S/past Hemsby mid a/noon NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at South end of Beach Road mid a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Cattle Egret Woodborough by minor road Swanborough Tump SU132602
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from main observatory PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at 13:15 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from Friends Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 11:25 from East Bank + Siberian Chiffchaff NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 3 Common Crane flew SW/over Hardingham at 10:25 Norfolk 2 Lapland Bunting Kelling Quags in stubble field N/of ruined buildings
Norfolk 3 Little Auk flew S/past Hemsby + JUV Glaucous Gull NR29 4JG TG506172
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Heacham at South Beach outflow mid mrng then flew/S PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk 15 Tundra Bean Goose flew E/past Sidestrand at 09:00 + White-fronted Goose NR27 0LT TG265395
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT in reed litter along East Bank near c/pk NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 4 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne at 08:50 in field E/of windmill with Pink-footed Geese NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT in field E/of Beach Road at 08:45 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Glaucous Gull Cley NWT flew E/over Arnold's Marsh at 08:30 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 29 Shorelark Holkham Bay at 08:25 on beach at 100yds W/end of roped off area NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Overstrand at 08:20 flew/E along seafront NR27 0PF TG246410 Norfolk 6 Hen Harrier Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Burnham Overy Staithe again off E/end this mrng + Hen Harrier TF848457 Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew S/past Hemsby late a/noon NR29 4JG TG506172 Norfolk 2 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum at 12:30 at feeders IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 3 Hen Harrier Wells at 15:35 from East Quay NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Female Black Redstart Wells at East Quay on roof at 12:40 NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Smew Cley NWT from East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Waxwing Thornham by A149 at Drove Orchard Farm Shop in Orchard PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby again in pig field S/of Mautby Lodge at 11:35
Norfolk Female Black Redstart Wells at 09:35 at East Quay NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Thornham Point + 70 Long-tailed Duck & 40 Velvet Scoter
Norfolk 2 Slavonian Grebe Holkham Bay + 28 Velvet Scoter NR23 1RJ TF892458