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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 3rd May 2017

The highlight today was a rather smart male Redstart trapped and ringed. Other birds noted during the day included six summer plumaged Golden Plover on the grazing marsh, four Black-tailed Godwits over the grazing marsh with four more at Redwell Marsh where there was also two Common Sandpipers.

Male Redstart- Holme Bird Obs, May 2017

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still 2.08pm from Babcock Hide
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still 12.51pm Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre.
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still Hickling Broad at Heigham Corner by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of hide at Rush Hill Scrape at midday.
From Potter Heigham church walk N along lane to sharp bend then east on track +then north thru wood+east
Norfolk Cattle Egret on Monday Halvergate still on grazing marsh
Norfolk Black Redstart male Trimingham at Staden Park
Norfolk Garganey drk Welney WWT from cafe. 
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Grey Plover
Norfolk 2.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (1.male) still Welney WWT on Lady Fen from visitor centre.
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape