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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 24th February 2017

Highlights today were 2 Red Kites drifting west over Holme village, and a movement of Stonechats with at least 7 in the recording area; 2 on the East Bank and at least 5 at Gore Point. The flock of 50 Snow Buntings were in the area of the lavender marsh.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Probable Juvenile Pallid Harrier 2.75mls SW/of Wells ESE/of New Holkham 1/2ml S/of Real Ale Shop 500yds W/of B1105 at 14:00 then flew off TF898395
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton + 6 Snow Bunting NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Waveney Forest mound + 3 Short-eared Owl TG457011
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Sheringham on beach + 2 Bonxie past & 5 Long-tailed Duck NR26 8BQ TG159435
Norfolk 19 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in roost at 16:10 IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Ten Mile Bank Norfolk 3 Drake Scaup Saddlebow TF608157
Norfolk 50 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NNR on beach
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water over North Wall Marshes at 15:30 NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk Hen Harrier Stiffkey Greens
Norfolk 6 Bewick's Swan Breydon Water RSPB at E/end then flew towards Bure Park NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 109 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + 10 Snow Bunting flew W/over Thornham Point PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 75 Bewick's Swan E/over Winterton NR29 4BQ TG496198