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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 1st May 2015

Overnight rain produced more migrants on the ground, and highlights included a Spoonbill east, 3 Common Cranes, one on the grazing marsh and 2 flying over south east, a Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank, 12 Little and 5 Sandwich Terns offshore, a Turtle Dove near the NWT payhut, a Hobby over, 20 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10+ Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, and 4 Ring Ouzels, a Whinchat and 3 Wheatears on the NWT reserve. At least 15 Siskins also flew over calling.

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Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.male Salthouse flew east over Gramborough Hill at 3.25pm
Norfolk no further sign of probable ad.fem.Pallid Harrier 2/3ml ESE of New Holkham at Blunt's Corner by 3.33pm TF.894.397
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON Salthouse flew east over Gramborough Hill mid a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Waxham flew south past church at 3pm. Ring Ouzel in dunes just south of former Shangri-la Chalet
Norfolk 2.Shorelarks Burnham Overy Dunes on beach east of Gun Hill
Norfolk probable Pallid Harrier ad.fem 2/3ml ESE of New Holkham at Blunt's Corner flew from verge at 2.44pm TF.894.397
Norfolk 6.Arctic Terns Whitlingham Ctry Park at east end at 2.58pm
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still mid a'noon Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (+Black Tern tho distant. 2.Spoonbills on Rush Hill Scrape)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT +Garganey
Norfolk no further sign of ad.male.Red-footed Falcon between Kelling Quags +Weybourne Camp by 1.30pm
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier West Runton briefly this morning
Norfolk 7.Bar-tailed Godwits Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Potter Heigham Marshes still early a'noon
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB this morning +4.Arctic Terns flew east
Norfolk Turtle Dove 1.5mls south of Titchwell +SE of Choseley Drying Barns +east of Chalkpit Lane in bare field by pines at 1.34pm
Norfolk 3.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.males) still 1.15pm Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre tho distant. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Montagu's or Pallid Harrier ringtail West Runton flew SE over Incleborough Hill at 9.05am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Brancaster at 1.10pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Choseley Drying Barns at 11.40am TF.758.413
Norfolk 5+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes +Great White Egret 3.Spoonbills
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew SE over Thornham early a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove Holme Dunes NWT in paddock by coast path this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew SE over Holme
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 12.04pm Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB still 12.22pm on freshmarsh
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide late morning +showing well
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.male Kelling Quags at 12.05pm then flew east over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew east over Hunstanton at 11.50am
Norfolk Common Crane flew south over North Elmham at 11.46am TF.988.210
Norfolk 3.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.males) Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre at 11.30am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk no sign of 1s.fem.Red-footed Falcon 1.5mls south of Titchwell just south of Choseley Drying Barns 11.35am-12.05pm TF.783.424
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Hickling Broad NWT in trees by visitor centre
Norfolk Wood Sand Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Horsey Gap
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still 10.45am Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes flew from New Fen to Hockwold Wash at 10.45am
Norfolk probable Pallid Harrier ringtail flew east over Glandford late morning (not probable Montagu's Harrier)
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels (both males) Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk probable Montagu's Harrier ringtail flew east over Glandford late morning
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still Welney WWT on Lady Fen at 11.19am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male flew south over Kelling Heath at 11.10am
Norfolk 4.Arctic Terns flew east thru Breydon Water
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes +4.Little Stints Spotted Redshank Garganey
Norfolk 4.Ring Ouzels Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels 1/2ml SE of Waxham just west of dunes in gorse north of pipe dump. Access from Church Road NR12 0EA
Norfolk 13.Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT from observation hut +3.Common Cranes
Norfolk 5.Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT still 10.46am from Weavers' Way tho distant
Norfolk Osprey flew east over Sparham Pools at 10.54am
Norfolk no news on any Black-winged Stilts Welney WWT
Norfolk 5.Black Terns y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Thorpe Marshes briefly +ad.Little Gull
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks Breydon Water
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem still 10.12am 1.5mls south of Titchwell just south of Choseley Drying Barns in bare field east of road +showing well TF.783.424
Norfolk Shorelark Blakeney Point just north of Halfway House at 9am
Norfolk Common Crane Holme still 10.03am in field viewable from coast path then flew SW
Norfolk Wood Sand Blakeney Freshmarsh at 8am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem still 9.38am 1.5mls south of Titchwell just south of Choseley Drying Barns in bare field east of road TF.783.424
Norfolk 3.Ring Ouzels (2.males) Sheringham flew over Sheringham Golf Course
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns on wires at 9.15am TF.783.424
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 7.30am (+5.Bar-tailed Godwits)
Norfolk no sign of Wryneck 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA by 8.53am
Norfolk 6.Black Terns Hickling Broad NWT from Weavers' Way tho distant
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park at north end at 7.30am then flew south
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (Spoonbill Rush Hill Scrape +Little Stint)
Norfolk Garganey drk Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Common Crane Holme Dunes NWT in field south of entrance at 6.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill imm Breydon Water on mud at east end