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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 21st May 2017

A bright and breezy day with sunny spells, the highlight was a glimpse of two Common Cranes drifting high west over the west side of the grazing marshes. At least two Cuckoos were also in the area and a Hairy Hawker was around the NOA reserve.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still this a'noon Hickling Broad at Heigham Cnr by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide (+5.Common Cranes)
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 1.08pm 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA in willows TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Warham Greens over saltmarsh at 12.55pm
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle again 11.35am Hickling Broad NWT near Rush Hill Scrape viewed WNW from River Thurne footpath briefly
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Holme NWT
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Hickling Broad NWT over wood towards Rush Hill Scrape viewed from Potter Heigham Marshes at 9.40am +appeared to land in wood but no sign since
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes flew west over Sculthorpe Moor NR at 10.31am
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 10.19am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk 3.Dotterel still 1.5mls south of Titchwell at Choseley in field SW of drying barns at 9.40am
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills (both imm) Berney Marshes RSPB +2.drk.Garganey Short-eared Owl
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 9.05am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 9.05am 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA TG.060.439 NR25 7SA
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes north of Sparham Pools flew west over fields at c8.55am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard West Runton circling over village at 8.53am
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER still 8.10am Hickling Broad at Heigham Cnr by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide on +off. 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
Norfolk no sign of ad.Caspian Tern Potter Heigham Marshes by 8am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes at 7.45am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE. Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes at 7.45am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE. Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Cnr by Weavers' Way 50yd W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide 6.40am+showing on+off.Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk+walk E to church,N along Church Ln to bend +E, N thru wood+E
Norfolk 3.Otters Cley NWT in main drain viewed from East Bank sluice +showing well
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Golden Oriole West Runton flew towards Incleborough Hill at 5.57am
Norfolk IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF male singing still 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA TG.060.439 NR25 7SA