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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 27th September 2017

Another day of autumn passage, highlights today were 80+ Pink-feet, 140 Brent Geese, 8 Jays, 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 3+ Yellow-browed Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Song Thrush, 2 Redstarts, 4 Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail over west, 15 Meadow Pipits, 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Brambling and 12 Siskins.

In the moth traps a Pale Mottled Willow was of note.

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Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of South Section
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NW corner of South Section mid a'noon
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme at Broadwater Road
Norfolk OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Blakeney Point at Long Hills at 1.20pm then flew south over saltmarsh (+Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) +Osprey flew over). Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk Osprey Stiffkey flew west over saltmarsh viewed from Campsite Wood this a'noon +Spoonbill
Norfolk no sign of Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point in suaeda near The Hood this a'noon. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk 3.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes +2.Pied Flys
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Warham Greens this morning
Norfolk Little Stint Breydon Water at east end
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Burnham Overy Dunes +Pied Fly Firecrest
Norfolk 23.Little Stints Cley NWT this morning +2.Curlew Sands Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 4+Y-br.Wblrs between Wells Woods +Lady Ann's Drive this morning
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse east of Iron Road mid morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs y'day 1.25mls SE of Waxham at Waxham Sands Holiday Park +Firecrest Short-eared Owl Purple Sand. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes. Firecrest north of East Pool at 11.25am
Norfolk Pec Sand juv Potter Heigham Marshes still 10.45am (+Little Stint). Use car park by A149 at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take path ENE
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cley on east side by A149/ Old Woman's Lane junction early morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse 50yds south of Dun Cow pub at 11.30am
Norfolk Osprey Wells Woods flew SE over drinking pool at 11.06am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Wells Woods just east of drinking pool at 10.29am
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point in suaeda near The Hood. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy Dunes +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water at east end mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Kelling north of A149 in copse on right midway along Beach Lane at 9.20am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Waxham at 8.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham in garden midway along disused railway mid morning [heard only]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills flew east over Burnham Deepdale
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Trimingham
Norfolk 6.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Deepdale trapped +ringed
Norfolk possible Red-throated Pipit Salthouse flew west over Iron Road at 7.14am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Blakeney Point in suaeda at Far Point. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls