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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 29th April 2017

A good day for visual migration, with highlights including a Red Kite, Cuckoo, Peregrine, 9 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 10 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Ring Ouzels in the dunes on the NWT reserve together with 2 Wheatears and a Whinchat, 40 Yellow Wagtails with the cattle on the grazing marshes, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipits over calling.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Titchwell at north end of Gypsy Lane still c3.30pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Halvergate with cattle mid a'noon
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Welney WWT: fem.Lady Fen, male.Bank Farm. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns flew towards Titchwell village at 11.30am TF.783.424
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Roydon Common NWT on ridge mid a'noon
Norfolk Ruddy Shelduck Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Drymere in fenced-off area off track.107
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Common briefly. Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp at east end. 4.Ring Ouzels flew SW over West Runton
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Common briefly. Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp at east end. 4.Ring Ouzels flew SW over West Runton
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Common briefly. Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp at east end. 4.Ring Ouzels flew SW over West Runton
Norfolk 15+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy +Long-tailed Duck Great White Egret 2+Spoonbills
Norfolk BLACK KITE Hickling Broad SE of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 11.38am tho distant
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Cley NWT over Pope's Marsh
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Welney WWT on Lady Fen viewable from cafe. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Burnham Overy at 9.05am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle reported SE of Norwich flew north over A47 towards Whitlingham Ctry Park at c9.45am
Norfolk Woodlark Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Brancaster flew west over Barrow Common at 9.56am
Norfolk Waxwing NW of Norwich still at Costessey at Longwater Retail Park opposite FCC Environment Ltd
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Reedbed Hide
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns flew west over Norfolk Coast Path from Chalkpit Lane at 8.15am TF.783.424
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Welney WWT still on Lady Fen
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell on Gypsy Lane. 16.Whimbrel Brancaster on golf course practice green +Whinchat
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell on Gypsy Lane. 16.Whimbrel Brancaster on golf course practice green +Whinchat
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape