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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.

Thursday 5th October 2017

Strong winds swung into the west northwest direction during the morning but seawatching was not as productive as expected. Highlights were a female Scaup, 535 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 75 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Arctic Skua, 27 Great Skua, 6 Sandwich Terns and 3 Kittiwakes. Elsewhere a Kingfisher was near the sea wall at Thornham, 2 Water Rails were around the Broadwater, 10 Golden Plover were on the grazing marshes, 2 Bearded Tits were opposite the Observatory in the reeds, and 12 Swallows passed through as did a Yellow Wagtail.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still 3.33pm Heacham South Beach on wires opposite caravan park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Point flew north over boardwalk at 2.30pm
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv still 2.16pm Snettisham Coastal Park at north end in cattle fields near white houses
Norfolk 10+Little Stints Cley NWT still
Norfolk Cattle Egret just east of Stiffkey still in cattle field south of A149 at 1pm
Norfolk 2.Scaup flew west past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 21.Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 12.49pm
Norfolk 14+Common Cranes Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 12.06pm
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling juv again Snettisham Coastal Park in bushes between hump +green shed across channel at 11.15am tho mobile
Norfolk Pom Skua flew past Sheringham (+2.Sooty S'waters)
Norfolk Grey Phal flew north past Happisburgh at 10.05am
Norfolk Little Stint Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Washington Hide at 9am
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh