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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.

Monday 28th August 2017

A beautiful sunny bank holiday ! Highlights for birds were a Great White Egret, a Spoonbill, 4+ Buzzards, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Snipe on the NWT pools, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank over the car park, a Hobby hunting over the Observatory, 100 Swallows, 45 House Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, a Stonechat, and 3+ Yellow Wagtails over calling.

In the moth traps a Lesser Swallow Prominent, a Burnished Brass, Frosted Orange and a Rusty Dot Pearl were of interest. Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath and Common Blue.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 3pm on pool by hide (+Osprey again)
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB at 3.15pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 1.58pm from track by hide then flew to near bank
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Salthouse from Dun Cow pub
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 1pm (+Wood Sand juv.Continental Black-tailed Godwit 2.Spoonbills Garganey). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Little Stint ad Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's car park
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still 12.10pm. Sign in at gate NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Pec Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB still on pool by fishermen's car park at 11.55am
Norfolk 2.Honey Buzzards Fakenham flew SE south of garden centre at 9.50am
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 11.45am on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide +showing well (+Spoonbill)
Norfolk Pec Sand Cantley beet factory still (+Wood Sand). Sign in at gate NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Caspian Gull Salthouse east of Beach Road viewed from Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still 9.59am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 9.57am on Pat's Pool then flew out of view to Richardson's Pool
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Cley NWT still 9.40am on Pat's Pool from Bishop's Hide +showing well
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still viewed from Beach Road
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail flew west past Sheringham at 8am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks