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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.

Sunday 10th September 2017

A blustery day with rain developing in the afternoon. House Martins and Swallows continued to feed all around the reserve and at least 1 Swift was among them. A Great White Egret was seen over towards the village hides, a Short-eared Owl was hunting lavender marsh in the morning, and 2 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 5 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears were seen from the sea wall between Holme and Thornham.

Moths are getting scarce, but 4 Archer's Darts, a Snout, a Common Wainscot, 2 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and a Large Yellow Underwing were in the traps.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk White Stork Salthouse flew past Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT still 1.25pm east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine +showing well
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn by green tents at 10.45am. Walk south from Heacham
Norfolk Pec Sand Cley NWT again east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentine at 12.30pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Wells still on floods west of caravan site this morning
Norfolk Little Stint juv Welney WWT still from Nelson-Lyle Hide at 11.25am +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Cley at 9.30am
Norfolk 44.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 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still 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 Little Stint Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w y'day till dusk Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in hawthorn opposite last green tents. Walk south from Heacham