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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.

Sunday 14th May 2017

Rain in the morning gave way to sunshine, and highlights included an Osprey in Thornham Harbour, a Red Kite drifting west, a Tawny Owl on the NOA reserve, 2 Spotted Flycatchers in the west end of the pines, 2 Wheatears on the NWT reserve, and a Tree Pipit over calling.

Moths included another Small Elephant Hawk, while butterflies included Small Copper, Brown Argus, Wall Brown and Green Hairstreak

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk no sign of Temminck's Stint 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen this a'noon (but Spoonbill on saltmarsh viewed from Stiffkey Tidal Outfall Sluice.2)
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk/Suffolk no sign of any Black-winged Stilts Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 7.30am +showing well (+Curlew Sand flew over)
Norfolk 7.Dotterel still c1.5mls south of Titchwell in field west of Choseley drying barns viewed from 1st gate south of barns
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Stockton by A146 at 6.22am