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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 March 2017

On the sea today 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Velvet Scoters and a Fulmar were of interest, with a Ruff, 3 Snipe, a single Stonechat, a female Brambling, male Bullfinch and a Swallow flying west were also recorded.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 15:15 W/of B1105 in stubble field N/of Blunt's Corner
Norfolk Cattle Egret Felbrigg Hall NT at 16:35 in sheep field behind church NR11 8PR
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Winterton on beach at N/end NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + 4 Velvet Scoter TF717450
Norfolk 5 Waxwing New Costessey on St. Walstan's Close but mobile NR5 0RG
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NNR flew from dunes on seaward side of Lavender Marsh at 11:00
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12:15 NR13 4HW TG351056
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint + Great White Egret IP26 4LQ TL727882
Norfolk 2 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Drake Garganey Salthouse at 07:45 by Iron Road NR25 7XW TG082443
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB offshore PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Yellow Wagtail Welney WWT along main road from Ten Mile Bank to welney PE14 9TN TL548946