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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 10th November 2017

There was limited interest around the dunes and reserve, with a few thrushes remaining but little sign of movement - 14 Redwings were present. Highlights from the sea included a Slavonian Grebe, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goldeneye and 8 Little Gulls in the morning. Around the pools and grazing marsh were 140 Pink-footed Geese, 55 Brent Geese, 200 Black-tailed Godwits and 13 Ruff. In Thornham Harbour at least 19 Twite were present and 4 Rock Pipits were also of note.

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Norfolk Richard's Pipit Breydon Water North Wall east of Lockgate Mill at 1.30pm then flew west +2.Lapland Bunting (+Twite Purple Sand. Hawfinch flew S. 3.Snow Bunting flew W. Water Pipit Halvergate Marshes at E end of The Fleet 12.45pm)
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Breydon Water North Wall east of Lockgate Mill at 1.30pm then flew west +2.Lapland Bunting (+Twite Purple Sand. Hawfinch flew S. 3.Snow Bunting flew W. Water Pipit Halvergate Marshes at E end of The Fleet 12.45pm)
Norfolk c8.Hen Harriers (3.males) Warham Greens roost
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Titchwell RSPB flew west over freshmarsh at 7.50am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Snettisham Coastal Park still on strandline
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Salthouse along shingle ridge mid a'noon
Norfolk 12+Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath mid a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still by pier
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 2.10pm on Simmonds' Scrape (+1w.Caspian Gull)
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 1.40pm
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 12.45pm on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.45am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 12+Twite Thornham harbour still between car park +Coal Barn
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.ad.drk) Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver 2+Little Gulls. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler y'day Happisburgh along Beach Road with tit flock
Norfolk 6+Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse near clifftop footpath
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape at 8.10am