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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 3rd September 2017

A juvenile Montagu's Harrier landed on the grazing marsh for a short while during the morning before flying off. A Great White Egret was still present and on the sea 5 Eiders, 25 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns were of note, while 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff and 2 Greenshank were also recorded, a Kingfisher flew across the saltmarsh between Holme and Thornham, and a Spotted Flycatcher was along the track towards the village hides. A total of 8 Stonechats, 3 Whinchats and 2 Wheatears were recorded, and a Clouded Yellow was seen along the sea wall between Holme and Thornham.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Osprey near Lyng again in tree opposite Three Bridges Farm mid a'noon. View from road. Do not block farm entrance TG.058.184
Norfolk Montagu's Harrier juv Holme on grazing marsh briefly late morning then flew inland (+Great White Egret still)
Norfolk 40.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at midday. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Potter Heigham Marshes +Spoonbill. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Pec Sand flew east over Kelling Water Meadow at 9.30am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad still 10.45am
Norfolk Osprey flew south over Old Hunstanton at 10.43am
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad again viewed from Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Garganey Breydon Water
Norfolk 5.Garganey Potter Heigham Marshes still on NW pool. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Osprey flew SW over Potter Heigham Marshes at 8.55am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk possible Isabelline Wheatear Cley NWT on East Bank at 8am then flew to marsh
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still on east side at 8.45am. Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk no sign of Osprey near Lyng at Three Bridges Farm by 8am. View from road. Do not block farm entrance