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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.

Saturday 17th June 2017

Birding highlights today were a Grasshopper Warbler near the NWT entrance, a Cuckoo in the pines and 2 adult Med Gulls around the grazing marshes.

A spectacular moth catch today included 7 Red-necked Footmen, 2 Rosy Footmen, a Pretty Chalk Carpet, a Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Small Elephant Hawk Moths, a Grass Rivulet and 2 Kent Black Arches, among 86 species.

Small Skipper and Ringlet butterflies were seen on the wing for the first time this summer, and a Four-spotted Chaser was around the pond.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes (+3.Garganey 20+Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.05am
Norfolk Turtle Dove Seething still 10am
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. male Turtle Dove in car park still. Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm 2mls north of Chedgrave over Langley Green by war memorial at 9.20am then drifted SE
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem y'day Breydon Water at South Wall by pumphouse briefly in morning