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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 6th October 2017

The main highlight today was a continuous arrival of Pink-feet with over 1000 birds on the grazing marsh by the end of the afternoon. Also of note were 7 Pintail west, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Pom Skuas 2 Arctic Skuas, 58 Great Skuas and an Arctic Tern at sea, while around the reserve 12 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, a male Stonechat, 2 Bramblings and a Siskin were of note.

Butterflies were enjoying the shelter and the sunshine with 2 Small Coppers, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Wall Brown and 8+ Red Admirals recorded.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh at 3.40pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still 3.25pm in cattle field south of A149
Norfolk Spoonbill ad flew west past Sheringham at 3.12pm
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Heacham south of South Beach south of field opposite green shed at 3.05pm then flew north but no sign of juv.Rose-coloured Starling
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 2.55pm Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Quags (+Curlew Sand still)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne this morning
Norfolk Black Tern flew past Sheringham this morning +Scaup
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands Kelling Quags +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Grey Phal flew north past Winterton Dunes at 1.10pm (+2.Little Gulls Puffin)
Norfolk Water Pipit Thorpe-next Haddiscoe Marshes by pools at 1pm +Jack Snipe
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Kelling Quags
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 12.05pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.17am
Norfolk 9.Little Stints Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.15am +Curlew Sand
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 10am
Norfolk Purple Sand flew west past Cley at 8.42am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh