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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.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

After a grey start, a warm and sunny day, the latter conditions producing an impressive 'kettle' of  25 Common Buzzards and a Red Kite over the southern edge of the Grazing Marsh. Sea watching early morning produced a single Manx Shearwater and Eider, two Arctic and three Great Skuas,  three Brent Geese, 41 Gannets and 630 Common Scoter. Other birds noted included two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Stonechat and two further Bonxies passing West over the Grazing Marsh at a height of several hundred metres!

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Norfolk Curlew Sand Kelling Water Meadow at 2.20pm
Norfolk Glossy Ibis on 9th September 2.5mls east of Hilgay at Wissington beet factory on lagoon. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk Cattle Egret still 2.33pm just east of Stiffkey in flooded field south of A149
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Weybourne at Weybourne Camp in willows east of mound this morning
Norfolk 7.Common Cranes (4.ads +3.juvs) y'day Welney WWT
Norfolk 9.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 PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER juv still 12.08pm 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall in 80yds south of gate. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.852.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk still no further sign of Pallas's Grasshopper Wblr 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall nr gate by 11.45am. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Red-breasted Fly still Blakeney Point in Plantation +Y-br.Wblr still. 2.Y-br.Wblrs in tamarisk by old laboratory. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461
Norfolk again no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling Heacham by South Beach car par
Norfolk no sign of Arctic Warbler 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods SW of The Dell by main track 1ml west of car park by 9.55am NR23 1DR
Norfolk no further sign of Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate by 9.44am. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk no news on Arctic Warbler 1.25mls NNW of Wells at Wells Woods SW of The Dell by main track 1ml west of car park NR23 1DR
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Salthouse on pool just west of Gramborough Hill. Walk east from north end of Beach Road
Norfolk 8.Little Stints (all juvs) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.37am
Norfolk Cattle Egret still just east of Stiffkey in flooded field south of A149 at 8.35am
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still 8.18am 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate tho elusive. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Norwich at Thorpe St.Andrew north of Waterside Cafe +just east of small lake then flew SW over car park to west of offices
Norfolk PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still 3/4ml NE of Burnham Overy Staithe south of sea wall near gate at 7.15am tho elusive. Park in Burnham Overy Staithe then follow Norfolk Coast Path NE to sharp lefthand bend TF.853.448 PE31 8J