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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.

Thursday 8th June 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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 Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 8.19pm +showing well
Norfolk Osprey near Ludham at How Hill NR at 12.55pm
Norfolk 7.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male 2.fems 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes on south side viewed from river bank at 7.40pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.ads +4.young) still this evng Potter Heigham Marshes on south side viewed from river bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Cattle Egret still Potter Heigham Marshes by track at 6.20pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still c5.55pm Winterton at North Beach
Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew south over Felbrigg at 4pm
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 4.45pm Winterton at North Beach with Little Terns
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still in car park this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Cattle Egret y'day again Potter Heigham Marshes (+2.Garganey 2.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 3.45pm Winterton on North Beach with Little Terns
Norfolk Quail male singing Horsey in field west of 2nd set of steps south of east end of Nelson Head track this morning
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad again 2.45 - 2.55pm Winterton on North Beach with Little Terns then flew out to sea
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.ads +4.young) Potter Heigham Marshes on south side viewed from river bank. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad till c1.45pm Winterton on North Beach then flew south
Norfolk Red-necked Phal male still 1pm Welney WWT from Friends' Hide. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Night Heron 1s just north of Potter Heigham Marshes by Weavers' Way flew NW from small wood at 9.15pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 1.27pm Winterton on North Beach with Little Terns
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Welney WWT
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing y'day still Hickling Broad by Weavers' Way 50yds W.of Rush Hill Scrape hide (+Spoonbill). Use Potter Heigham village hall c'pk +walk E to church, N along Church Lane to bend then E, N thru wood +E NR29 5LW
Norfolk Little Stint y'day Potter Heigham Marshes still +Wood Sand still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad again 11.10am Winterton flew south past beach car park
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 10.15am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal male still Welney WWT from Friends' Hide at 9.43am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.68 for non-members. Memberships from £50; concessions £39 PE14 9TN
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad between Winterton +Hemsby over sea then flew off
Norfolk 2.Garganey (both drks) Cley NWT east of East Bank on The Serpentine +Spoonbill then flew off