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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 7th September 2017

On the sea 2 Eiders, 200 Common Scoters, 2 Gannets, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns. 16 Wigeon flew in off the sea during the day, and both Spoonbill and Great White Egret were also seen. A Spotted Redshank was on the NWT pools and 2 Short-eared Owls were again hunting the lavender marsh. Two Stonechats and 2 Whinchats were of note, and a Grey Wagtail flew over west. A Swift was with mixed flocks of Swallows and House Martins and a Cetti's Warbler was on the reserve. Thirty-two Golden Plover and a Hobby were also seen during the day.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 4.Whinchats Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes at 2.30pm
Norfolk no sign of Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park (but 3.Turtle Doves)
Norfolk Black Tern Snettisham Coastal Park flew south
Norfolk 2.Whinchats Cley along fence from beach car park near North Scrape at 10.42am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme over saltmarsh behind 1st car park
Norfolk Barred Warbler Winterton South Valley tho elusive
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Snettisham Coastal Park opposite hump across channel tho mobile
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Cley NWT between beach car park +North Scrape
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Overstrand at 8.35am
Norfolk 17.Velvet Scoters y'day flew past Holme 4.40pm-6.10pm with 400.Common Scoters +5.Bonxies 3.Arctic Skuas