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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 25th November 2017

Much quieter on the sea today, but 3 Eider and 2 Red-throated Divers were of note. A pair of Bearded Tits were along the northern edge of the Broadwater, and 2 Stonechats were feeding near the Obs. The flock of 20+ Twite was again in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Swallow Wells at beach cafe at 1pm
Norfolk 20+Twite Thornham Harbour still near Coal Barn
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still this a'noon in channel
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey south of A149 in cattle field opposite Red Lion pub TF.968.431
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site along entrance track this a'noon then flew towards car park
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill 1w.male again NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in pines between toilet block +river tho elusive
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Breydon Water along North Wall near pumphouse this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton South Dunes flew over chalet park at 10.30am
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Winterton +30.Snow Buntings
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Holkham Park still near main entrance at 10.15am
Norfolk Shorelark between Holme +Old Hunstanton still on beach at north end of Hunstanton Golf Course (+3.Snow Buntings) but no sign of any Lapland Buntings
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still in channel
Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB offshore mid morning (+Black-throated Diver 8.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver 2.Snow Buntings. 2.Water Pipits Thornham Marsh +ringtail.Hen Harrier