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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 3rd November 2017

A far quieter day, but a marked arrival of Blackbirds took place with 80+ just around the reserve compound. Other highlights were 6 Whooper Swans west over the grazing marsh, a Kingfisher around the Broadwater, 3,500 Starlings passing west, 70 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes, 45 Redwings, a single Stonechat, and 22 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk hybrid Ferruginous Duck x Pochard ad.fem east of Whitlingham Lane Ctry Park on St.Andrew's Broad
Norfolk 6.Whooper Swans (2.ads) flew west over Holme NWT at 11.15am
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still east of Beach Road at 10.30am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 10.18am
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Salthouse in gardens south of Bloomstiles at 9.50am then flew west
Norfolk 4.Water Pipits reported y'day Thorpe St.Andrew at Station Marsh at 4.15pm
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Thornham Pool
Norfolk probable White-billed Diver flew east past Cromer Golf Course at 8.12am then landed on sea off Trimingham tho distant
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew NW past Mundesley at 7.48am
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (1.male) on Wednesday SW of Thornham Point over marshes at 8.50am
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Overstrand at 7.12am