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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 2nd May 2017

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Norfolk Common Crane ESE of Norwich flew east over Thorpe Marshes NWT at 5.04pm
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Buckenham Marshes RSPB on south pool east of main drain tho distant
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Osprey SE of Downham Market at Wissington beet factory flew west along River Wissey at 1.30pm
Norfolk White Stork y'day flew over Horsford at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Upton Fen
Norfolk 4.BLACK-WINGED STILTS Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre (+drk.Garganey). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9T
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT still 11.55am Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 3+Ring Ouzels Burnham Overy Dunes still
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 9.40am (2.Spoonbills Rush Hill Scrape. 2.Little Stints Potter Heigham Marshes +drk.Garganey 2.Spoonbills)
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds west of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at 9.40am (2.Spoonbills Rush Hill Scrape. 2.Little Stints Potter Heigham Marshes +drk.Garganey 2.Spoonbills)
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Brancaster flew east over saltmarsh at 10.05am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 3.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.males) still Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9T
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Breydon Water
Norfolk Purple Heron Hickling Broad NWT flew east near Rush Hill Scrape at 9.23am
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv Blakeney Freshmarsh again 9.10am-9.15am then flew west +lost to view
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew east over Blakeney Freshmarsh then east over Cley NWT at 9.06
Norfolk PALLID HARRIER juv flew east over Blakeney Freshmarsh then east over Cley NWT at 9.06a
Norfolk/Suffolk Glossy Ibis still Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Washes from Washland Viewpoint at 7am (+Great White Egret)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Salthouse by pool at end of Beach Road at 7.40am