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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.

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Along the beach early morning there were two flocks Snow Buntings of around 30 birds each, with presumably the same birds seen early morning in Thornham Harbour. The Twite also reappeared with 39 birds seen early morning in Thornham Harbour and then later around the Broadwater near the Observatory. On the sea 31 Velvet Scoters and 3 Eiders were noteworthy.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew E/past Warham Greens late a/noon + 2 Hen Harrier NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island at 16:10 from Waveney Forest Mound + Male Hen Harrier TG457011
Norfolk 25 Shorelark Holkham Bay on E/side NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk Siberian Chiffchaff Walsey Hills NOA at 09:52 in pines NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew W/over Titchwell RSPB + 47 Long-tailed Duck & 100 Velvet Scoter PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 08:36 on Simmonds' Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk 16 Snow Bunting Winterton North Beach
Norfolk 60 Snow Bunting Holme Dunes NNR + 31 Velvet Scoter & 39 Twite
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT on saline pool 200yds W/of N/end of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 120 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on the sea this a/noon + 85 Long-tailed Duck & Water Pipit on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 73 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Blakeney Freshmarsh + Pale-bellied Brent Goose & Hen Harrier
Norfolk 3 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Horsey NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk Waxwing Hunstanton in coach park at 13:15 then flew to garden PE36 5AH TF672409 Norfolk 67 Eurasian White-fronted Goose flew E/over Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk 35 Twite Holme Dunes NNR at Broadwater then flew/W
Norfolk 25 Twite Holme NOA around broadwater early mrng the flew/W towards Thornham TF717450
Norfolk Redhead Smew Cley NWT on saline pools 200yds W/of N/end of East Bank NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 39 Twite Thornham Harbour at 07:00 + 50 Snow Bunting flew/W TF728441 TF728441