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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 28th April 2017

A calmer day with sunshine in the morning, 2 Red Kites drifted west over Thornham, a single Swift flew over and a Cuckoo was again heard. At least 2 Ring Ouzels were in the dunes on the NWT reserve, a Reed Warbler was singing on the Observatory reserve and 8 Swallows and 6 House Martins were also counted.

Green Hairstreak and Orange Tip butterflies were also noted.

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Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Waxham along coastal path between church +pipe dump
Norfolk no further sign of Savi's Warbler Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape early a'noon
Norfolk c8.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park still 2pm at east end of Great Broad
Norfolk 13.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park at Great Broad
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Snettisham Coastal Park still
Norfolk 20.Arctic Terns Sheringham flew north over Pretty Corner at 8.45am
Norfolk 40.Arctic Terns Snettisham flew north at 8.45am
Norfolk/Suffolk 2.Great White Egrets Lakenheath Fen RSPB still on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 7.30am +Turtle Dove over
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 8am +showing well