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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 30th May 2017

Once again the Cuckoo was seen around the Broadwater, other birds seen included a male Bearded Tit, two Med Gulls and a male Stonechat. A reasonable moth catch resulted in 27 species recorded, the most numerous being Cinnabar with 23 caught.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk BLACK KITE East Somerton flew south over church at 1.45pm
Norfolk no further sign of Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point at The Hood by 1.40pm
Norfolk Purple Heron east of Stiffkey flew south over A149 at 12.15pm but no sign since
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON male flew SE over Sheringham then east along ridge at Upper Sheringham at 12.36pm
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way 50yds west of Rush Hill Scrape hide 12.20pm. Use Potter Heigham village hall car park +walk east to church, N along Church Lane to bend then E, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk no news on Greenish Warbler Blakeney Point at The Hood since 7.15am
Norfolk no sign of Cattle Egret Potter Heigham Marshes (but Little Stint Wood Sand 3.Garganey). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Purple Heron flew west over Weybourne at 8.55am (earlier flew east at 8.30am)
Norfolk 18.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes still 8.45am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Purple Heron flew west over Cley NWT at 9.02am
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER still Blakeney Point at The Hood at 7.15am
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT still east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine at 7.10am