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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.

Saturday 28th October 2017

A return to westerly winds today but visual migration was still apparent with over 2000 Starlings passing through, 60+ Fieldfares, and 35 Redwings counted together with a single Snow Bunting over the pines, 1200 Pink-feet and 200 Brent Geese counted during the day, a Red Kite drifting west, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Ruff, 15 Snipe, a Kingfisher and 3 Stonechats also of interest. On the sea, an Eider and 360 Common Scoters, 4 Goldeneye, a Red-throated Diver, 55 Gannets, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Guillemots were seen.

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Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on beach 50yds west of pillbox by car park at 1.45pm
Norfolk Black Brant ad Salthouse again 11.18am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese TG.077.439
Norfolk 22.Russian White-fronted Geese y'day Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Grey Phal flew west past Cley at 12.57pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Titchwell RSPB flew west along beach at 11.48am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still in field by path to Babcock Hide at 12.18pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB at car park at 11.40am
Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Cley at 11.26am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.26am
Norfolk 3.Twite Thornham on saltings at 10am tho mobile +2.Spotted Redshanks in creeks
Norfolk Sooty S'water flew west past Cley at 10.25am +6.Bonxies probable Great Northern Diver on sea
Norfolk probable Pom Skua flew past Winterton in 2hrs (+3.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hawfinch flew north over Whitlingham Ctry Park 7.45am-9.15am
Norfolk Snow Bunting west of Breydon Bridge on wall
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Twite y'day Blakeney on fence just south of where footpath to Blakeney village meets sea wall