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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.

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

A quiet day with limited coverage, highlights included at least 2 Cuckoos singing in the area and around 40 Sanderling on the beach with 3 Knot, Grey Plover and Turnstone; 9 Little Terns fed just offshore.

A Flame Wainscot was in the moth trap amongst a good catch; with 87 of 26 species of moth recorded. Four Wall Browns and a Painted Lady were also of note.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Cley NWT off East Bank on island in pool behind The Serpentine late a'noon
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh ;late a'noon
Norfolk report of Tawny Pipit Weybourne Camp was erroneous
Norfolk no sign of Tawny Pipit Weybourne Camp viewable from coast path just west of white building this a'noon. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk west. Do not cross fence
Norfolk TAWNY PIPIT Weybourne Camp viewable from coast path just west of white building. Use Weybourne beach car park then walk west. Do not cross fence
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Potter Heigham Marshes (+Wood Sand drk.Garganey 6.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Upton Fen NWT by pools then flew north +drk.Garganey 2.Whooper Swans. Wood Sand on central pool
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON 1s.male y'day reported Hickling Broad NWT near Bittern Hide in a'noon
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Cley NWT
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 8am then flew west
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide at 8am (+Spoonbill). 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 Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB still on sea