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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 22nd July 2017

Fairly quiet for birds but on the sea 60 Common Scoters, 18 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, 165 Sandwich Terns, and 7 Common Terns were recorded, while around the marshes 10 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were seen and 2 Tree Sparrows were along the east bank.

Moths included a Kent Black Arches, Bordered Beauty, Shore Wainscot and a Herald.

The moth day at Hempton produced a record-breaking catch with highlights including a Chevron, Dark Umber, Large Emerald, Bordered Beauty, Purple Thorn, Crescent, Antler, Black Arches, Copper Underwing, Dotted Clay, Rosy Footman, and Scalloped Hook-tip among a species total of 100. Many thanks to everyone who attended!

Chevron photo by Ray Roche

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Norfolk presumed escape White Stork (ringed) 1ml east of Cley still 3.45pm on marsh opposite Walsey Hills NOA then flew towards Salthouse
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork (ringed) 1ml east of Cley on marsh opposite Walsey Hills NOA at 3.40pm
Norfolk presumed escape White Stork (ringed) over Cley NWT at c3.40pm then flew towards Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Titchwell RSPB late morning +Spoonbill 2.Spotted Redshanks still
Norfolk Quail male singing Cley NWT audible from Attenborough Walk this morning. Black Tern on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 1.10pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh near main path +showing well TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 10.43am Titchwell RSPB +showing well (+2.Wood Sands thru) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk 6.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.ads +4.juvs) still Potter Heigham Marshes +Cattle Egret (+3.Garganey). Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml +view north from bank
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls (all 1s) Cley NWT +Arctic Skua. Y'day juv.Caspian Gull on Simmonds' Scrape at 9.15pm
Norfolk 5.Arctic Skuas Thornham Point viewed from small car park at 9.35am. Spoonbill in channel behind stone barn
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 9am Titchwell RSPB by main path just north of Island Hide TF.750.438 PE31 8BB
Norfolk Arctic Skua Thornham Point at 8.56am
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end at 7.50am
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) Breydon Water at east end +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 5.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still Titchwell RSPB (+6.Spoonbills) TF.750.438 PE31 8BB