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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.

Friday 11th August 2017

At least one Great White Egret was active at the west end of the grazing marsh today, and a productive morning's ringing included 14 Meadow Pipits and 2 juvenile Stonechats.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was feeding on the buddleias near the Obs

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Glossy Ibis still 12.30pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool +showing well then flew west +no further sign by 2.30pm
Norfolk again no sign of ad.Baird's Sand Potter Heigham Marshes this morning (but Wood Sand 2.Spotted Redshanks). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk 1+Common Crane flew over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 33.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Cley NWT at 12.21pm
Norfolk still no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 12.50pm. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk still no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 10am. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water
Norfolk no sign of Thrush Nightingale Salthouse at Gramborough Hill by 9.20am. Walk east from north end of Beach Road TG.085.441
Norfolk Turtle Dove 3/4ml south of Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR
Norfolk no sign of ad.Baird's Sand y'day Potter Heigham Marshes in evng. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk THRUSH NIGHTINGALE y'day still 7.30pm Salthouse at Gramborough Hill in brambles on SW side tho elusive but no further sign by dusk. Walk east from north end of Beach Road