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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 6th May 2017

The male Red-breasted Flycatcher was present again all day in the NWT Car Park and other birds of note included 20 Golden Plover on the grazing marsh, a Little Ringed Plover over the Broadwater, 5 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 8 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern, a Turtle Dove, one Cuckoo, 25+ Swifts, a Grasshopper Warbler near the NWT entrance, Redstart and Whinchat in the dunes, and a Yellow Wagtail over calling.

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Norfolk 5.Pied Flys 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills +Ring Ouzel Redstart
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Potter Heigham Marshes still 2.40pm. Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly male still 2pm Holme Dunes NWT in car park +showing well (+singing Turtle Dove 2.Redstarts 1+Whinchat)
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Potter Heigham Marshes still 1.52pm (+2.Curlew Sands Wood Sand). Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly male still midday Holme Dunes NWT in car park +showing well on +off
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Potter Heigham Marshes still 11.43am from footpath on north side of River Thurne (+3.Spoonbills still +3.Wood Sands Curlew Sand 2.Little Stint 2.drk.Garganey) NR29 5JENorfolk Osprey flew north past Happisburgh
Norfolk Wood Wblr 1ml east of Cley still 10.45am south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA by Snipe's Marsh
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still 10.10am Lakenheath Fen RSPB near visitor centre (but no further sign of Sanderling)
Norfolk 3.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.males) still Welney WWT on Lady Fen 300yds north of visitor centre at 10.26am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly male still 9.55am Holme Dunes NWT in car park +showing well on +off
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes still 9.35am +3.Arctic Terns flew east
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly male still Holme Dunes NWT
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB near visitor centre at 7.30am +showing well (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk Wood Wblr 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Wryneck Waxham in hawthorn scrub north of Waxham Sands Caravan Park by coast path at 8.30am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water +4.Little Stints
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Potter Heigham Marshes still (+3.Wood Sands Curlew Sand Little Stint 2.Spoonbills 2.Common Cranes 3.Garganey). Park at Lathams +take footpath ENE along Middle Wall track for c1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Welney WWT still 300yds north of visitor centre at 8.30am (+Garganey) PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Black Terns y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk 8+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still in east dunes at 6.30am tho mobile +elusive
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape (+Spoonbill). From Potter Heigham church walk N along lane to sharp bend then east on track +then north thru wood+