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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 11th October 2017

A very breezy day with largely south westerly winds resulting in unsurprisingly little in the way of migration with three Grey Wagtails, four Rock Pipits, two Bramblings and a Siskin the only passerines of note. A Short-eared Owl was on Redwell Marsh early morning along with an impressive count of 74 Black-tailed Godwits. Three Red-throated Divers were noted on the sea.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Burnham Overy between sea wall +A149 at 11.50am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull ad reported Cley NWT from Babcock Hide at 9.40am then flew east
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods still 12.05pm at The Dell
Norfolk Red-necked Phal juv y'day still 1/2ml NNE of Kelling +north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow in evng (+juv.Curlew Sand Spotted Redshank) TG.094.436 NR25 7EF
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on beach this morning
Norfolk Osprey juv Holkham Park still at lake this a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide at 11.17am +ringtail Hen Harrier
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells Woods north of main track 500yds west of drinking pool
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk escaped Demoiselle Crane ad y'day Burnham Deepdale [wing-clipped]
Norfolk presumed escaped Demoiselle Crane ad on 24th August west of Stiffkey [appeared to be wing-clipped]
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr y'day Burgh Castle