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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 1st September 2017

Highlights today were a Whinchat on the NWT reserve, 5 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 30 Sandwich Terns, and 2 Common Terns on the sea, 3 Stonechats around the east bank, a Kingfisher trapped and ringed, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Willow Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail over calling, and both Great White Egret and Spoonbill also of interest.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still 12.54pm on pool behind duckpond
Norfolk Pec Sand 2.5mls SE of Brundall still 12.53pm at Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's car park TG.348.050 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Osprey Blakeney Harbour at 10.30am
Norfolk Pec Sand Potter Heigham Marshes still. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (ad +juv) Cromer on beach at 8.30am
Norfolk Spoonbill Hunstanton flew south over golf course
Norfolk Pec Sand 2.5mls SE of Brundall still at Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's car park (+Spoonbill. Osprey flew towards Buckenham) TG.348.050 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Glossy Ibis ad Salthouse still on pool west of Beach Road at 7.50am then flew to pools behind duckpond
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank