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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.

Thursday 21st September 2017

Another 50 Pink-feet came in off the sea during the morning, and 4 Brent Geese were at the village hides. On the sea 500 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 14 Gannets, 4 Guillemots and a Great Crested Grebe were recorded. Other birds of interest included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Snipe, a Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Sand Martins, 55 Swallows, 88 House Martins, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, a single Whinchat, and 2 Stonechats.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still 3.05pm near picnic area
Norfolk Cattle Egret Stiffkey in flooded cattle field east of village at 7.30am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard ad flew south over Great Ryburgh village at 11.50am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB near picnic area then flew towards Fen Trail at 1.20pm
Norfolk no sign of juv.Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate by 12.30pm. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Welney WWT right of fence c100yds from hide at 12.08pm
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water still at east end
Norfolk 4.Little Stints Cley NWT still +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Purple Sand Hunstanton on ramp opposite Waterside Bar at 6.45am
Norfolk 2.Caspian Gulls (ad +2w) y'day Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide in evng +7.Little Stints 2.Curlew Sands