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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 7th February 2017

A damp grey morning with the rain easing early afternoon.  A pair of Stonechats were around the East Bank and Obs building. In nearby Thornham Harbour a Spotted Redshank was in the main harbour creek along with a Kingfisher and male Merlin was perched out in the harbour mouth.
Around c30 Snow Buntings were also present on the beach late pm west of Gore Point.

Bird news from  Birdnet
Norfolk 1st Winter Spoonbill Holkham Freshmarsh NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 31 Shorelark Brancaster on the beach + Red-necked Grebe PE31 8AW TF772438
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs in a'noon Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Gap c.1km east of gap at 13:40
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT on Cricket Marsh by Beach Road at 12:54 NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh from Washington Hide at 09:30 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby in pig fields south of Mautby Lodge
Norfolk 32 Shorelark Holkham Gap at 11:02 by wooden post 350m east of Lady Anne's Drive Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham at 09:58
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs at 08:02