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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.

Sunday 12th November 2017

A blast of north-westerly winds brought seabirds close to shore today with highlights including 2 Shelduck, 113 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2000 Common Scoters, 2 Goldeneye, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Red-throated Divers, single Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, 4 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 123 Gannets, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Great Skuas, 8 Razorbills, 16 Guillemots, 90 unidentified auks, 2 Little Auks, 266 Kittiwakes, 26 Little Gulls, and a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Also of interest today were 3 Stonechats around the reserve, a single Rock Pipit flying over, and a Snow Bunting along the beach.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 3.Shorelarks Happisburgh still 1.30pm on coastal path (+32.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Weybourne Camp early a'noon
Norfolk Sabine's Gull juv flew east past Sheringham +Grey Phal (+Black Guillemot on sea)
Norfolk Scaup fem Holkham Hall still at north end of lake this a'noon. Great White Egret still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 12.49pm
Norfolk 2.Pom Skuas flew past Sheringham by 11.45am (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 11.05am (+drk.Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew past Sheringham +Little Auk (+Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew east past Holme late morning
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 11.30am
Norfolk 37.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still by beach car park
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Holme (+Great Northern Diver c12.Little Gulls)
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Happisburgh still on beach early morning (+25.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Titchwell RSPB on beach. Water Pipit still on freshmarsh
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Cley at 8.50am
Norfolk Hawfinch Titchwell RSPB flew west over car park at 7.47am