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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.

Wednesday 13th September 2017

The sea was again the focus of attention with a total of 20 Manx Shearwaters, 14 Bonxies, and two Eider seen. Two Short-eared Owls were again present hunting over Lavender Marsh.

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Norfolk 2.Black Terns flew west past Titchwell RSPB this a'noon
Norfolk Cory's S'water flew east past Cley Beach at 3.30pm
Norfolk 3.Black Terns Snettisham RSPB at south end of pits mid a'noon
Norfolk Black Tern flew east past Weybourne Camp 7.30am-10am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh. Spotted Redshank on The Serpentine
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Cley NWT still 1.05pm east of East Bank at south end of The Serpentine in long grass showing on +off
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew past Winterton
Norfolk 7.Long-tailed Skuas flew past Winterton +Leach's Petre
Norfolk 7.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh this morning
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB +2.juv.Little Stints. Sooty S'water reported offshore
Norfolk Spoonbill Snettisham
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Balearic S'water flew SE past Happisburgh at 10am
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Cley NWT still east of East Bank on The Serpentine at 10am
Norfolk Black Tern juv Snettisham RSPB still