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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 27th June 2017

Two Spoonbills on the south side of the Broadwater were joined by a third late morning. Moths today included a single Elephant and two Eyed Hawk Moths and a Vestal.

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Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 4.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes this a'noon (+9.Spoobills still). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view north from River Thurne bank TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Breydon Water still at east end
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier ad.male flew ESE over Potter Heigham Marshes at 1.20pm. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view north from River Thurne bank TG.437.194 NR29 5J
Norfolk 4.Great White Egrets Titchwell RSPB in reedbed this a'noon
Norfolk Cattle Egret again Potter Heigham Marshes this morning tho distant. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take Middle Wall footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Great White Egret still 11.29am Titchwell RSPB in willow in reedbed viewable from from main path PE31 8ED
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +drk.Garganey still +2.Little Gulls 3.Turtle Doves
Norfolk 5.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (male fem 3.young) still Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view north from River Thurne bank TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 11.Little Gulls y'day Cley NWT in evng +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 9.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml +view north from River Thurne bank TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Holme Dunes on south side of Broadwater
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Titchwell RSPB flew to reedbed at 9.20am
Norfolk no sign of male.Red-backed Shrike NNE of Burgh Castle at Breydon Water South Wall in pumphouse compound by 8.30am (but Spotted Redshank). Walk NNW then ENE along footpath from church west of Burgh Castle for 1.75mls TG.489.064
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +drk.Garganey still +2.Spotted Redshanks 1s.Little Gull