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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 20th May 2017

A quiet day with an increasing southerly breeze, a Red Kite drifted east over the poplars at the back of Drove Orchards, and 2 Greenshank were calling during the morning.

Moths included a Fern and a Swallow Prominent, while butterflies included Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and Red Admiral.

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Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 2pm 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by steps briefly TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad again 1.17pm Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes at 5.50am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk reported probable fem.Red-footed Falcon Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 9.30am was a Hobby
Norfolk 3.Dotterel still 11.56am 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley 1/2ml west of drying barns
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park at 11.53am
Norfolk Spoonbill Welney WWT still
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad till 11.30am Potter Heigham Marshes then flew towards Hickling Broad. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA +showing well on +off TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB over reception then flew towards Rockland/ Buckenham Marshes RSPB mid morning
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad again 10.10am Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley 1/2ml west of drying barns at 9am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad till 10am Potter Heigham Marshes then flew upriver. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk no news on Temminck's Stints Cley NWT
Norfolk probable Red-footed Falcon fem Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 9.30am then flew east
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad still 9.47am Potter Heigham Marshes (+5.Spoonbills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Golden Oriole SE of West Runton flew east over Incleborough Hill at 9.30am
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew west over Cley NWT at 8.14am then west over end of Blakeney Point at 8.19am. 1s.Little Gull Cley NWT
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew west over Cley NWT at 8.14am then west over end of Blakeney Point at 8.19am. 1s.Little Gull Cley NWT
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad again Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB offshore. Turtle Dove in car park
Norfolk Caspian Gull reported y'day SE of Potter Heigham flew WNW along River Thurne at 8pm
Norfolk Golden Oriole West Runton in poplars on golf course at 5.55am
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Cnr by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide 7.08am. Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N along Church Ln to bend then E, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW