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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.

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Little of real note today, a Red Kite west over the grazing marsh the best bird of note. A good moth catch again over night produced over forty species, which included Scorched Wing, Coxcomb Prominent and Orange Footman.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk BLACK KITE still 2.30pm west of Fakenham on Sculthorpe Airfield just north of A148 c1/2ml east of Docking road junction
Norfolk no news on Savi's Warbler Hickling Broad
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Continental Black-tailed Godwit
Norfolk 4+BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 2+young) Welney WWT on Lady Fen. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes still +2.Garganey (1.drk). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk BLACK KITE west of Fakenham again 10.10am north of B1454 over Sculthorpe Airfield
Norfolk BLACK KITE west of Fakenham flew NW over A148 just before B1454 Docking road junction at 9.45am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water still +2.Spoonbills
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills Brancaster flew east over saltmarsh at 8.50am
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing on Monday Sculthorpe Moor NR in nettles +willow scrub along River Wensum before scrape hides at 4.35pm