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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 March 2017

A beautiful Spring day with mild westerlies produced little in the way of obvious migration, with just a scattering of Meadow Pipits, 5 Stonechats and 2 Siskins suggestive of movement.

Flocks of Brent Geese and Pink-footed Geese were grazing on the marsh throughout the day and 8 Russian White-fronted Geese were present among them. Two Cetti's Warblers were singing around the Observatory building, a Tawny Owl called from the pines in the afternoon, a Grey Wagtail was seen on the approach road and reports from the sea included 4 Eiders and a single Red-breasted Merganser.

In the fine weather large raptors were conspicuous with at least 5 Common Buzzards, 6 Marsh Harriers and 2 Red Kites over the grazing marsh and village.

Norfolk News From Birdnet
Norfolk Pallid Harrier in grass field at Blunt's Corner, New Holkham again at 13:25
Norfolk No Sign of Pallid Harrier at stubble field Blunt's Corner, New Holkham at 08:30-13:00 Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Cley NWT at 17:30 on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Adult Male Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island viewed from Waveney Forest mound TG457011
Norfolk 21 Shorelark between pines/dunes just E/of Holkham Gap at 15:30
Norfolk No Sign of Great Grey Shrike Grime's Graves this mrng TL815900
Norfolk 2 Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh + 2 Spoonbill NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Cockleycley Wood at Cockleycley Wood along fire break.107 at early a'noon TF778054
Norfolk 22 Shorelark Holkham Bay just E/of Boardwalk NR23 1RJ TF892458