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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.

Friday 27th October 2017

Northerlies delivered relatively little in terms of ringing today with just 23 new birds and 10 recaptures including a female Blackcap, female Firecrest, and Lesser Whitethroat. On the sea a single Long-tailed Duck, 2 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Divers, 8 Gannets, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Razorbills, 7 Guillemots, 26 unidentified auks, and 5 Kittiwakes. Over 2,500 Starlings passed through west during the day.

Small Copper, Wall Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White were all on the wing together with 5 Migrant Hawkers and 6 Common Darters.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black Redstart Holkham Pines at Meals House at 2.55pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr North Creake in garden at 2.15pm
Norfolk 2.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank Jack Snipe. 2.Shags Sheringham lingering offshore this morning
Norfolk 2.Little Stints 1/2ml NNE of Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow +Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank Jack Snipe. 2.Shags Sheringham lingering offshore this morning
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse still 1.38pm by Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Snettisham Coastal Park flew south north of Crossbank at 11.50am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse by Iron Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham NNR still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Winterton
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in flooded cattle field south of A149
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels flew west past Sheringham by 11.15am (+3.Arctic Skuas 9.Bonxies)
Norfolk 4.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on tidal marsh at 11.14am
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Burnham Overy Dunes off Gun Hill at 10.29am
Norfolk 3.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum