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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 26th January 2017

The Ferrugious Duck was present as usual, and a male Stonechat was around the reserve. 40 Snow Buntings were on the beach.

Norfolk News from Birdnet Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 12:30 NR23 1RN TF888439 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Welney WWT from Friends Hide PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Cley NWT in reed litter along East Bank with 4 Chiffchaffs NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford at 14:00on SW/side off London Road at Burrell Way IP24 2EP TL873826 Norfolk Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island + 9 Short-eared Owl View from Waveney Forest mound TG457011 Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham on beach under The Leas at 13:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk Adult Drake Ferruginous Duck Holme NOA on Broadwater, viewable from the obs or coastal path to Thornham TF717450 Norfolk 5 Tundra Bean Goose Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide early a/noon then flew towards Buckenham NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Bay on shore 1/2ml W/of Holkham Gap NR23 1RJ TF892458 Norfolk Great White Egret Earlham Marsh at 11:10 Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose 1.25mls SW/of Burnham Market at 11:18 with 2500 Pink-footed Geese + 10 Eurasian White-fronted Goose TF823408 Norfolk 2 Glaucous Gull (1 Adult + 1 Juvenile) Cley NWT at 11:22 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at N/end of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 2 Tundra Bean Goose Weybourne in field by windmill with Pink-footed Geese, view from track by mill NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 43 Eurasian White-fronted Goose North Creake at 12:15 N/of Wells Road in field E/of River Burn Norfolk 13 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Weybourne NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Holme-next-the Sea N/of beach c/pk on beach at end of track thru golf course at 14:45 + Lesser Whitethroat (possible eastern form) 60yds E/of N/end of footpath in scrub at top of beach at 14:40 TF717450 Norfolk 2 1st Winter Drake Scaup Saddlebow on Relief Channel TF608157 Norfolk 5 Eurasian White-fronted Goose 2mls NE/of Chedgrave at Langley Marsh Norfolk Hooded Crow Mautby in oig field S/of Mautby Lodge but distant Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Titchwell RSPB along main track at 10.40am but elusive PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 40 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NNR at 09:40 flew E/from end of Beach Road Norfolk Waxwing between Titchwell & Holme by A149 in orchard at Drove Orchard Farm shop Norfolk 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Weybourne NR25 7SR TG111435 Norfolk 46 Eurasian White-fronted Goose S/past Hemsby NR29 4JG TG506172