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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.

Monday 13th March 2017

Another warm spring day with moderate westerlies saw raptors conspicuous once more. Five Marsh Harriers, 8 Common Buzzards and 3 Red Kites were over the marsh.

Interest from the sea included 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 8 Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers and a drake Goldeneye; 5 Eiders flew east.

Around the reserve a few more Robins and Goldcrests were evident, a Chiffchaff was in the pines
and 3 Stonechats were noted. Overhead were 12 Siskins and a single Grey Wagtail.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes NR29 4BQ TG496198 Norfolk 4 Hen Harrier (2 Male + 2 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum from gate IP26 5HW TL822943
Norfolk 2 Hen Harrier (1 Male + 1 Ringtail) Warham Greens in roost NR23 1QD TF943437
Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck off Holme Dunes NNR Norfolk 8 Scaup Hickling Broad NWT W/of Rush Hill Scrape at 09:15 NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Hockwold Washes Washland Viewpoint at 11:55 IP26 4LQ TL727882
 Norfolk Eurasian White-fronted Goose Breydon Water + White Wagtail NR31 9QB TG464048 Norfolk 11 Snow Bunting Winterton on beach NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk 6 Waxwing New Costesssey in St. Walstans's Close this mrng but mobile
Norfolk 2 Spotted Redshank Breydon Water NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk 12 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore + Long-tailed Duck PE31 8BB TF759436 Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on Thornham Pool PE31 8BB TF759436