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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.

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Another cool day, highlights included 15 Whimbrel in fields near Thornham Harbour, a Garden Warbler also at Thornham, 10 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Wheatears, a Bullfinch and a Redpoll.

Moths included 2 female Emperors, a Pale Tussock, Pebble Prominent, 2 Cinnabar, Common Carpet, 3 Muslin, a Northern Drab and a Flame Shoulder. Butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew south over Fritton Marshes at 2.18pm
Norfolk Bar-tailed Godwit Buckenham Marshes RSPB still in field east of hide
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm SW of Reedham circling over Norton Marshes at c1.50pm
Norfolk Black Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide at 1.59pm
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels west of Blakeney in rough field c1/3ml along coastal path this a'noon
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Happisburgh still between lighthouse +cliff
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water from bridge
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels west of Blakeney in rough field c1/3ml along coastal path at 11.53am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm c1ml east of Martham Ferry still 10.47am near River Thurne then flew SSE +lost to view
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Little Broad at c9.30am
Norfolk 6.Waxwings New Costessey in car park at 10.50am. View only from road cTG.158.111
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still 10.30am Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm near Potter Heigham Church still 10.40am then flew SE
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Martham circling viewed south from Rush Hill Scrape, Hickling Broad at 10.36am tho distant
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm c1ml east of Martham Ferry circling near River Thurne at 10.24am
Norfolk Osprey Burnham Overy Dunes over east end at 10am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Hickling Broad NWT flew towards Rush Hill Scrape viewed from Weavers' Way at 10.02am
Norfolk 11.Whimbrel west of Thornham harbour
Norfolk Osprey SE of Dereham flew NE over Yaxham at 6am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Sheringham by Coastwatch lookout at 7.45am
Norfolk 5.Arctic Terns Cley NWT then flew north
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Heigham Holmes appeared to land at 9.45am
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.44am. 16.Common Cranes then flew NE
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm West Somerton flew west towards Heigham Holmes at 9.41am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cantley Marshes RSPB at 9.25am then flew east
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes +Woodlark 2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 16.Common Cranes SW of Potter Heigham Marshes circling at 9.25am. Earlier 2.Common Cranes flew north
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 9.25am Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner in willow viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (+2.Common Cranes)
Norfolk no further sign of imm.White-tailed Eagle SE of Potter Heigham Marshes by 9.15am. Earlier flew north over road in Rollesby at 8.56am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm SE of Potter Heigham Marshes circling at 9.10am (drk.Garganey in SE corner)
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT still 9.07am over Glaven New Cut then flew west
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT still 9.05am flew west off North Scrape
Norfolk 9.Whimbrel Thornham harbour west of Coal Barn at 9am
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT offshore north of East Bank at 9am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm NW of Filby again at Ormesby Little Broad left roost at 6.05am +flew to Lily Broad
Norfolk 64.Velvet Scoters off Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 7.50am Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner in willow viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Great Bircham in field by bridleway at 5.45am TF.762.317
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 7.20am Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner in willow viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes flew NE over New Fen Viewpoint at 6.10am
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner in willow viewable from Weavers' Way 100yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 7am +showing well (2.Spoonbills Rush