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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.

Wednesday 8th February 2017

A rather quiet day with the only birds on the sea of note being single Great Northern and Red-throated Divers. The drake Common Scoter was again on the Broadwater and the flock of Snow Buntings, 24 birds, were again noted along the beach.

Drake Common Scoter on the Broadwater - Holme Bird Obs, February 2017
Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk 30 Shorelark Holkham Bay E/of Holkham Gap late a/noon NR23 1RJ TF892458
Norfolk 2 Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes on beach by 1st groyne NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Walcott + 2 Black-throated Diver & 2 Long-tailed Duck NR12 0LZ TG359329
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton North Beach again at 12:08
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret North Wootton Marshes at 12:20 E/of Estuary Farm
Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Burgh Castle on post briefly mid mrng + Male Hen Harrier & 3 Short-eared Owl TG476049
Norfolk 20 Shorelark just E/of Holkham Gap this a/noon
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Thetford on SW/side off London Road at Burrell Way this mrng IP24 2EP TL873826
Norfolk Adult Iceland Gull Mautby in pig fields /of Mautby Lodge TG488118
Norfolk Juvenile Common Crane Clippesby flew over wood TM431137
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Heacham between here & Ringstead in field at 09:30 + Eurasian White-fronted Goose PE31 7AX TF663376
Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Winterton North Dunes on beach by first rock groyne + 10 Snow Bunting NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 30 Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum this a/noon IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 80 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB on the sea + 2 Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk 2 Ringtail Hen Harrier Stiffkey Campsite Wood NR23 1QF TF964439
Norfolk 14 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT at Lady Fen late a/noon PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk 2 Bittern Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide late a/noon NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk 9 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT on Lady Fen PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk 56 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Burnham Overy Town in wheat field just NW/of Leath House at 13:45
Norfolk 67 Eurasian White-fronted Goose Burnham Thorpe at W/of church at 13:35
Norfolk 24 Snow Bunting flew E/over beach at Holme Dunes
Norfolk Black Redstart Wells-next-the-Sea by sailing club at East Quay showing well this mrng Norfolk 5 Velvet Scoter Cley NWT flew W/past beach c/pk + 2 Long-tailed Duck flew/W NR25 7SA TG049441